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Judge: Trump’s Sanctuary City Order Unconstitutional

US District Court Judge William Orrick issued a permanent injunction Monday blocking Trump’s executive order seeking to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funding.

by Jeremy Diamond and Euan McKirdy

(CNN) – President Donald Trump‘s latest executive order aimed at implementing the hard-line immigration policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court.

US District Court Judge William Orrick issued a permanent injunction Monday blocking Trump’s executive order seeking to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funding.

The ruling represents a major setback to the administration’s attempts to clamp down on cities, counties and states that seek to protect undocumented immigrants who come in contact with local law enforcement from deportation by federal authorities.

The ruling was also the latest instance in which a federal judge has stood in the way of Trump’s effort to implement his hardline policies immigration, joining rulings that have blocked different portions of Trump’s travel ban and preliminary injunctions on the sanctuary cities order.

Monday’s ruling, which followed lawsuits from two California counties, nullifies Trump’s January executive order on the matter, barring the administration from setting new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

The January order sought to crack down on jurisdictions such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco that do not comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests for assistance with identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants.

It was not immediately clear whether the Trump administration was preparing to appeal the ruling, but the Justice Department said it plans to “vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.”

“The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in the statement.

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