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Courts Stop Trump’s Executive Order On Sanctuary Cities

Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court served an injunction against president Donald Trump’s executive order effectively denying all money to so-called “sanctuary cities”. The anti-immigration move by the White house is very much in line with their policies to limit immigration, particularly from Latin America. Sanctuary cities are defined as any city that has established any safety net or assistance programs for immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants who are in constant danger of deportation and arrest. Judge Orrick’s decision has to do with jurisdiction. He said,

“The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds. 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.”

In other words, the president overstepped his bounds by issuing an executive order that goes beyond his powers. Trump has been wielding his executive order powers frequently, not bothering with Congress if he can help it. It makes sense. He is used to being the boss and having no one question his actions. Fortunately, our government wasn’t set up that way. There are checks and balances. I guess maybe he should have brushed up on his high school civics before he decided to run for president. After all, he said today,

“This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Sure thing, Donny.

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