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Donald Trump slams 'ridiculous' court ruling on immigration

27 April 2017

"I do think that the Ninth Circuit, which is notoriously liberal, has it in for Donald Trump", Bolling said, noting that two of the major rulings against Trump's executive orders have come from the same circuit.

A California judge has blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds to "sanctuary cities", the communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants.

Trump tweeted: "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings".

"And if there was doubt about the scope of the order, the president and attorney general have erased it with their public comments", Orrick said, adding: "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".

Following Judge Orrick's ruling, a further setback to the President's immigration agenda after his Muslim travel ban was also blocked, the White House launched a blistering attack on his decision.

The White House condemned the decision in a statement which said in part, "Today's ruling undermines faith in our legal system".

The ruling stems from lawsuits filed by Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco.

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Trump tweeted that the 9th circuit, which earlier ruled against his travel ban, has "a bad record of being overturned (close to 80 percent)".

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

Orrick also ruled that Congress - not the federal government - has spending power.

Sanctuary cities restrict the contact between police and federal immigration authorities, a contact Trump argues is necessary to fight undocumented immigration.

If he wants to take his case to the Supreme Court, he will have to through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals first. Eighteen of the court's 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents. 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. Local enforcement say the policy would discourage immigrants from reporting crime.

"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 chose to ignore it", Herrera said in a statement.

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.