Trump slams wrong court for 'ridiculous ruling' over sanctuary cities order

But Judge William Orrick - a district court judge based in San Francisco who issued Tuesday's injunction - does not sit on the Ninth Circuit, which is an appeals court.

"Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement can not be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves", Orrick said.

He is accusing cities such as San Francisco of "putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens" and says city officials who authored policies protecting people living in the country illegally "have the blood of dead Americans on their hands".

But, as Politicoreported on Wednesday, Judge William Orrick, who handed down the ruling blocking Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities, isn't actually on the 9th Circuit court, as Trump suggested. And in San Francisco, when you look at Kate Steinle, being shot and here is the court, you know, right in that same general area.

Trump reacted by stating in several Twitter posts that opponents of his executive order were "judge shopping" by bringing their challenge in a jurisdiction within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, "which has a bad record of being overturned". "Today's ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping", the White House said.

Orrick, a district judge for the northern district of California, ruled in favor of the city of San Francisco against the sanctuary city policies.

The government hasn't cut off any money yet or declared any communities to be sanctuary cities.

Orrick in his ruling yesterday said the president was "exceeding his constitutional authority" by trying to punish local governments that refuse to cooperate with his immigration policies. The Supreme Court heard just 11 cases from the 9th Circuit that same year, PolitiFact said, and overturned eight of them.

Sanctuary cities generally offer safe harbour to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The White House has blasted the judge's ruling, both via Twitter and an official White House statement.

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told reporters on Tuesday that "it's the 9th Circuit going bananas".

The Trump administration expressed it would appeal the decision, with Trump himself tweeting early on Wednesday morning, "See you in the Supreme Court!" "This is why we have courts - to halt the overreach of a president and an attorney general who either don't understand the Constitution or choose to ignore it".

That ruling, and another suspending his ban on travel from certain majority-Muslim countries, both involved federal judges in California.

"Today's decision is a historic affirmation of the U.S. Constitution's core principles - that the President can not usurp powers not given to him, and that the federal government can not use federal defunding to coerce local governments into becoming federal immigration enforcers", Santa Clara County counsel James Williams said.

The Justice Department also slammed New York City as "soft on crime" and threatened to withhold grant funding on a federal program named for a slain NYPD officer.

  • Larry Hoffman