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Keeping Democracy Alive: Federal Judge Just Blocked Another Trump Executive Order

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Keeping Democracy Alive: Federal Judge Just Blocked Another Trump Executive Order

Donald Trump’s executive order that was set up to bar federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities has been blocked by a San Francisco Judge.

According to The Hill, multiple reports have stated that both San Francisco and Santa Clara County won preliminary injunctions to block the executive order Trump signed in January to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to comply with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.

The judge’s order still allows grants to be withheld from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the order “in a way that violates the Constitution,” according to a Washington Post reporter.

The injunction says it “does nothing more than implement the effect of the Government’s flawed interpretation of the Order. It does not affect the ability of the Attorney General or the Secretary to enforce existing conditions of federal grants … nor does it impact the Secretary’s ability to develop regulations or other guidance defining what a sanctuary jurisdiction is or designating a jurisdiction as such.”

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the block on the order, stating that “the Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.”

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