On Monday, November 20 th , a federal judge permanently blocked President Trump’s executive order cutting funding from jurisdictions that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, in lawsuits brought by the California counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara, ruled that the Administration did not have the constitutional authority to impose new conditions on spending already approved by Congress. He disagreed with the administration’s position that the executive order only applied to a few grants affecting less than $1 million slated to Santa Clara County and possibly no money for San Francisco County. In his ruling, Judge Orrick disagreed, stating that the rule was written so broadly it is likely to affect hundreds of millions of dollars to these counties.
The Trump administration has appealed the decision to the 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.