October 24, 2018-
A federal court has ruled against the Trump administration in a lawsuit over funding for “sanctuary cities.” U.S. District Judge Richard Jones wrote in a Wednesday judgement that part of President Trump‘s executive order to end federal grant funding for sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. Jones, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled that it “would be unconstitutional” for the administration to withhold funding from the cities of Seattle and Portland, the two plaintiffs named in the lawsuit. The lawsuit named Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as defendants.
The ruling follows a U.S. appeals court decision in August that also found Trump’s executive order unconstitutional. That decision upheld a lower court ruling in favor of two California counties. The city of Seattle filed its lawsuit in March 2017 seeking to clarify Trump’s executive order, which was signed just days after his inauguration in early 2017. The order gave the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security the power to withhold federal grants to cities that did not comply with federal immigration law.