Immigration Law

Trump Handed "Sweeping Defeat...Humiliating Loss" in Sanctuary Cities Case: County of Santa Clara v. Trump

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2017 - "The Post reports:

A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold unspecified federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on what are called “sanctuary” jurisdictions and said lawsuits by Santa Clara County and San Francisco challenging the order were likely to succeed.

It is hard to overstate what a sweeping defeat this was for the White House. ... As in the legal fight over the travel ban, the government employed what can only be described as a ridiculous defense. ... This was a humiliating loss for the administration, which naturally provoked an unhinged statement complaining that the court had “rewritten” law. In fact, it was Trump who did that; the court said he couldn’t do so. The White House hyperventilated that “city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.” (Sanctuary city status, as has been repeatedly demonstrated, bears no relationship whatsoever to crime.) No amount of frothing at the mouth from the administration will lessen the blow to its anti-immigrant vendetta. It can try an appeal to the 9th Circuit, but as with the travel ban, it would do well to rethink and redraft the entire undertaking. And if — as the administration said in court — this was just an exercise of the “bully pulpit,” one has to ask why it’s necessary at all."

[Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.   Follow @JRubinBlogger]