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SF asks judge to permanently block effort to cut sanctuary cities’ funds

August 31, 2017

SF Gate,

Dominic Fracassa,

August 30, 2017-

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a motion on Wednesday urging a federal judge to declare the Trump administration’s efforts to cut off funding for sanctuary jurisdictions unconstitutional. Herrera’s office successfully blocked the executive order from taking effect in April. Signed by the president on his fifth day in office, it seeks to punish localities that limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement officials by withholding billions of dollars in federal funds. Santa Clara County officials filed a similar legal action.

The motion filed Wednesday asks the judge to issue a final ruling in the case declaring the order an unconstitutional overstepping of the executive branch’s authority. In his decision to temporarily block the order from taking effect, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III ruled that only Congress had the power to place such conditions for receiving federal funds on local governments. As a sanctuary city, San Francisco would be at risk of losing $2 billion per year should Orrick reinstate the executive order.

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