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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Attempt To Block Funds For Sanctuary Cities

I’m not sure this is the kind of “winning” Donald Trump meant when he told the American people during the campaign we’d see so much “winning” we’d get sick of it.

Someone might want to introduce the Attorney General to a lawyer.

From Bloomberg:

A judge in San Francisco blocked President Donald Trump from withholding funds from so-called sanctuary cities that give safe harbor to undocumented immigrants, marking the administration’s second major policy initiative declared likely unconstitutional.

San Francisco and its Silicon Valley neighbor, Santa Clara County, on Tuesday both won preliminary orders shelving the Jan. 25 edict by Trump, who threatened the budgets of cities nationwide that fail to comply with federal immigration demands.

Trump has declared that sanctuary jurisdictions cause “immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic.” But U.S. District Judge William Orrick agreed with the city and county that the the president’s order violated the Constitution in threatening to deprive them of funding for local programs.

Basically, the President can’t control spending. Only the Congress can.

As Judge Orrick wrote, “The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.”

And there you have it.