Donald Trump slams 'ridiculous' court ruling on immigration

Similar to these rulings, it was the rhetoric that has surrounded the Trump administration that served as something of a "smoking gun" in Judge Orrick's decision. "But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States".

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.

"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", the judge said in the ruling.

So-called sanctuary jurisdictions are those that have a policy of limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Orrick does not sit on that court but his district is in the territory of the appeals court, which has ruled against one version of Trump's travel ban.

But the White House said in a vitriolic statement late Tuesday, that "the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy". The order, Readler explained, would affect less than $1 million in funding for Santa Clara County and possibly no money for San Francisco. The initial order, issued January 25, included a provision declaring that "sanctuary jurisdictions shall be ineligible to receive federal grants".

Trump tweeted that the 9th circuit has "a awful 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.

The California governments that went to court over the executive order estimate a decision to implement it could cost them up to $2 billion in federal funding.

In the San Francisco case on sanctuary cities, Judge William Orrick Jr., an Obama appointee, linked his decision to the Constitution's provision giving Congress control over the federal purse.

Trump's tweets echo the White House statement released Tuesday night after the judge's ruling.

The administration has often criticized the 9th circuit.

The 9th is by far the largest of the 13 federal courts of appeals, which means that in raw numbers, more cases are heard and reversed from the 9th Circuit year in and year out.

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.

  • Bernice Underwood