Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the Department of Justice is keeping up the legal battle to carry out President Donald Trump’s executive order on “sanctuary cities” after federal court judge blocked its implementation.
William Orrick, a U.S. District judge from San Francisco, ruled on Tuesday that Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration agents would cause the cities “to suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction.”
The Justice Department’s legal options include filing an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Another option for the administration is to ask Orrick to narrow or modify his injunction.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The Department of Justice cannot accept such a result, and as the President has made clear, we will continue to litigate this case to vindicate the rule of law,” the attorney general said. “This is the Trump era. Progress is being made daily, and it will continue. This will be the Administration that fully enforces our nation’s immigration laws.”
If the government will appeal the case, it will likely be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already issued two injunctions against the White House.
Sessions’ stern statement echoes that of the White House that said Orrick’s ruling is a gift to the “criminal gangs and cartel element in our country.”