US judge blocks Trump order to cut off funding for 'sanctuary cities'

ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO
Published 25.04.2017 23:16
Updated 25.04.2017 23:34
Protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse where a federal judge will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities (AP Photo)
Protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse where a federal judge will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities (AP Photo)

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through court.

The Republican president's administration and two California governments that sued over the order disagreed about its scope.

San Francisco and Santa Clara County argued that it threatened billions of dollars in federal funding.

But an attorney for the Justice Department, Chad Readler, said at a recent court hearing that it applied to a limited set of grants.

Readler said less than $1 million was at stake nationally and possibly no San Francisco funding.

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