Trump errs on the court system

CA attorney general: The Trump administration is 'in denial' about its executive powers

A federal judge in San Francisco made the ruling on Tuesday after San Francisco and Santa Clara County asked the courts to intervene, arguing that more than $1 billion was at stake for each of them.

The administration stated that the ruling "undermines faith in our legal system" but that it is "confident" it will be successful in the Supreme Court and will pursue "all legal remedies to the sanctuary city threat".

Similarly unsurprising, Trump got the details of the case wrong in his tweets: it was not a Ninth Circuit judge that blocked him - it was a federal judge.

On the judge shopping question - it is natural that many immigration cases come out of California.

The federal judge, who blocked the executive order Tuesday, "has ignored federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country", the statement said.

Earlier, a White House statement branded the ruling, a new setback to Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigrants, as "a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering human trafficking and sex trafficking".

Judge Orrick said his order did not block the government from putting conditions on federal grants or stop it from devising a definition of what a sanctuary jurisdiction is.

TRUMP: The 9th Circuit has "a bad record of being overturned (close to 80 percent)".

If Trump is right about the ultimate destination of the sanctuary cities case, he'll face a court reinforced by his own nominee, conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.

On Tuesday de Blasio said Trump was "going beyond his authority when he tries to cut vital funding to cities that don't share his illogical and unconstitutional desire to scapegoat immigrants".

But Schlanger said whatever action is taken may not survive court scrutiny if it's seen as unduly coercive. "These cities are engaged in risky and unlawful nullification of federal law in an attempt to erase our borders", the White House said in a statement.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking Trump's order's enforcement, according to The Huffington Post.

Additionally, for the law to survive, there must be a connection between the money at stake and the immigration policy the president is seeking to enforce, Schlanger said.

Even if the president could do so, those conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, as the executive order appeared to be, Orrick said. In the term that ended in 2015, 10 appellate circuits, including the one on which Gorsuch was serving, had reversal rates higher than the 9th Circuit.

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