U.S. District Judge William Orrick III has just shut down Trump’s request to revisit a court order that essentially blocks him and his administration from withholding federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities.
Trump and his Justice Department asked Orrick to review the ruling after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo saying that only funds the government intended to withhold were certain grants tied to programs for law enforcement.
Trump implemented the order shortly after taking the oath of office in January – the executive order depleted funding to jurisdictions for refusing to share information about illegal immigrants with U.S. immigration authorities.
A number of notable cities that can be labeled “sanctuary” include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as dozens of others around the country.
Judge Orrick was the one who originally granted the nationwide injunction back in April against Trump’s order, prompting Trump to fly into a rage promising revenge.
“First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!” said Trump at the time.
First of all, Trump was incorrect in saying Orrick was in the 9th circuit. He’s actually a district court judge in San Francisco. The 9th circuit was to hear the White House’s appeal on the ruling.
Forty-eight cities and counties nationwide joined in a friend-of-the-court brief urging Orrick to keep the injunction in place.
“I’m inclined to deny reconsideration,” Orrick said at a hearing in his Federal Building courtroom in San Francisco.