A U.S. district judge in San Francisco on Thursday refused to reinstate an executive order by the Trump administration that aims to remove federal grants to cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, also known as sanctuary cities.
The Justice Department asked Judge William Orrick to reverse the injunction he issued in April through a memo sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May that narrowed the scope of Trump’s executive order.
In that memo, Sessions said that Orrick’s injunction was unnecessary because cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration law could lose funding only from the DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security, and not other forms of federal funding.
But the judge argued that the memo is not binding and Sessions can revoke it at any time.
The order, which was issued by Trump in January, directs the removal of funding in jurisdictions that refuse to comply with a statute requiring all local governments to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
During a speech on Friday, Sessions placed the blame on the non-compliant jurisdictions for the rise of crime in their communities.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Some jurisdictions in this country refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and turn over illegal aliens who commit crimes—even MS-13 gang members,” Sessions said during a speech delivered in Philadelphia.
He went on to say, “These policies are often called ‘sanctuary’ policies. But they are giving sanctuary not to their law-abiding residents; they are giving sanctuary to criminals. It saddens me to say that one of those jurisdictions is Philadelphia. I am especially saddened for the residents of Philadelphia who have been victimized as a result of these policies.”