June 23, 2017

Trump blasts 'ridiculous' court ruling that blocked his order on sanctuary cities

27 April 2017, 02:26 | Leonard Manning

Trump blasts 'ridiculous' court ruling that blocked his order on sanctuary cities

Trump blasts 'ridiculous' court ruling that blocked his order on sanctuary cities

On Twitter earlier Wednesday, Trump accused opponents of "judge shopping", bringing the case in front of judges that would give favorable ruling.

Last night Allahpundit covered the decision by a district court judge based in San Francisco to issue a preliminary injunction against Trump's sanctuary cities executive order. Although, as Politico reported, that court would hear the case next should the Trump administration choose to appeal.

Similarly unsurprising, Trump got the details of the case wrong in his tweets: it was not a Ninth Circuit judge that blocked him - it was a federal judge.

"They used to call this 'judge shopping!' Messy system", Trump wrote, referring to the common practice of filing similar lawsuits in different jurisdictions in hopes of getting a sympathetic judge. That was the court that blocked the president's first travel ban, against seven Muslim countries.

The White House condemned the decision in a statement which said in part, "Today's ruling undermines faith in our legal system".

"Sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, block their jails from turning over criminal aliens to Federal authorities for deportation".

Orrick said his ruling does not affect the administration's ability to enforce existing conditions on federal grants.

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Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in the 9th Circuit, which has a bad record of being overturned (close to 80%).

The government hasn't cut off any money yet or declared any communities sanctuary cities. San Francisco and other sanctuary cities rebutted that argument stating that turning local police into immigration officers threaten the trust needed to persuade people to report crimes.

"The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order can not constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds", wrote Orrick, who was nominated to the court by Barack Obama.

The White House described Judge Orrick's decision as a gift to the criminal gangs and cartels active in the United States, adding that it empowered those involved in human and sex trafficking and put thousands of innocent lives at risk. In the term that ended in 2015, 10 appellate circuits, including the one on which Gorsuch was serving, had reversal rates higher than the 9th Circuit. Ryan says what this means for Seattle's case remains to be seen.

Judge Orrick said that the language of the executive order made clear it sought to withhold funds beyond law enforcement.

Among his many problems, our President doesn't know difference b/w "the Ninth Circuit" and a U.S. District Court. "Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement can not be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the President disapproves".

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