San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised the ruling by U.S. District Judge in San Francisco that blocked President Trump's executive order that sought to withold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities. The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera applauded the ruling Tuesday during a news conference. "This is why we have courts, to halt the overreach of a president and attorney general who don't understand the constitution or choose to ignore it," Herrera said. "This is why San Francisco had to stand up in behalf of people everywhere, be they immigrants or native born. As Americans, we all have a duty to confront injustice even when it emanates from the White House." The Trump administration suffered an earlier defeat in the courts when two federal judges suspended executive orders restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. The government has appealed those decisions. Sanctuary cities generally offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.