The California-based federal judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s order to strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” has an apparent financial connection to former President Barack Obama.
Sanctuary cities are municipalities that pass laws preventing local law enforcement agencies from working with federal law enforcement agencies on immigration. Typically, if a local sheriff or police officer were to arrest a person who wasn’t in the country legally, the officer is mandated to inform Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which would then deport the person.
But sanctuary city policies erode that line of communication, making cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago major safe havens for illegal immigrants.
In his ruling Tuesday, federal district Judge William Orrick sided with plaintiff arguments that Trump’s threat to strip federal funding for sanctuary areas is unconstitutional.
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In his ruling, Judge William H. Orrick sided with Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco and other jurisdictions, who argued that a threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional.
In making the ruling apply nationwide, Orrick blocked the government from enforcing a key portion of Trump's January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.
The decision will block for now the Trump administration from enforcing their order as the lawsuit makes its way through the court system.
According to FoxNews.com, the news came after the Trump administration asked eight sanctuary cities to provide proof they weren’t harboring illegal immigrants and refusing to work with federal authorities in apprehending and deporting them. Of course, the cities in question failed to provide such proof.
But as the Federalist reported in 2015, Orrick, who was nominated to the federal court system in 2012 by Obama and confirmed in 2013, raised at least $200,000 for Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, in addition to donating $30,800 to committees supporting Obama.
According to records, Orrick also raised at least $100,000 in 2004 for then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
Following Orrick's ruling Tuesday, Trump vowed to fight the ruling in court.
"First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!" Trump tweeted Wednesday. Orrick is a federal district court judge and not a member of the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1493202000.0