White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a fiery statement Tuesday saying that “sanctuary cities” have the “blood of dead Americans on their hands” after a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s anti-sanctuary city executive order, the Gateway Pundit reports.
He said that sanctuary cities are giving more priority to the well-being of criminal aliens than the safety of their citizens, adding that city officials who made those policies “have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.”
Spicer was referring to the shooting of Kate Steinle who was killed by an illegal immigrant in 2015.
The statement opened with, “Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation.”
Earlier this week, William H. Orrick, a federal district judge in San Francisco, blocked President Trump’s executive order withholding federal grants from counties and cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration agents.
During an interview with Fox News’s “American’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer, Spicer said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court would side with the White House because the U.S. Code gives full authority to the president on what to do with grant money.