A judge in San Francisco has blocked Donald Trump‘s executive order withholding funds from sanctuary cities that fail to comply with federal immigration demands.
The block came after San Francisco and Santa Clara County asked the courts to intervene – arguing that more than $1 billion was at stake for each of them.
In his ruling US District Judge William Orrick III wrote that the language of the executive order made it clear that the Trump administration planned on using the order to block funding for more than just law enforcement as federal lawyers had argued.
‘And if there was doubt about the scope of the Order the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments’ he wrote – according to Reuters.
Sanctuary cities generally don’t allow the use of local funds to comply with federal immigration requests.