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27 April 2017, 02:19 | Amanda Barker
The president was hoping to force sanctuary cities to comply with his executive orders by threatening them with a loss of money - however US District Judge William Orrick III, in San Francisco on Tuesday (25 April) placed an injunction on the order.
Trump reacted to the decision on Twitter on Wednesday morning, calling the decision "ridiculous" and saying he would take his fight to the highest court, tweeting: "See you in the Supreme Court". "But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States".
Trump tweeted that the 9th circuit, which earlier ruled against his travel ban, has "a awful record of being overturned (close to 80 percent)". It also said that the ruling "raises serious questions about circuit shopping".
U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting sanctuary cities, including NY. Orrick does not sit on that court but his district is in the territory of the appeals court, which has ruled against one version of Trump's travel ban. Santa Clara and San Francisco also argued that the order conscripts counties into carrying out federal immigration law.
It claimed that sanctuary cities - like San Francisco, where Orrick resides - are "engaged in the risky and unlawful nullification of federal law in an attempt to erase our borders". But the Justice Department sent letters last week advising communities to prove they are in compliance.
Trump's tweets echo the White House statement released Tuesday night after the judge's ruling.
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Judge Orrick said that the language of the executive order made clear it sought to withhold funds beyond law enforcement.
The Trump administration plans to appeal the ruling from the district court, which falls under the US 9th Circuit.
The Trump administration says sanctuary cities allow risky criminals back on the street and that the order is needed to keep the country safe. "The president has called it "a weapon" to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement".
The order also has led to lawsuits by Seattle; two MA cities, Lawrence and Chelsea; and a third San Francisco Bay Area government, the city of Richmond.
The 9th Circuit, which covers nine states, including California, is the biggest in the country in terms of area and population, and it was indeed reversed by the Supreme Court in eight of 10 cases that the Supreme Court reviewed and decided last term.
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