AP – JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP THREAT TO WITHHOLD ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ FUNDS

Even if the president could do so, those conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, as the executive order appeared to be, Orrick said. “Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves,” the judge said. It was the third major setback for the administration on immigration policy. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus described the ruling as another example of the “9th Circuit going bananas.”

Source: News from The Associated Press

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