Federal judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order

Protesters hold up signs protesting Trump's sanctuary cities order outside a California courthouse. Photo: Haven Daley / AP

A federal judge from California issued a permanent block to President Trump's sanctuary cities executive order, which deny funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to identify and deport undocumented immigrants, per CNN.

Why it matters: The judge's ruling is the latest in a string of backlash from the judicial branch in response to the Trump administration's policies. Other federal judges have also reined in the executive branch by questioning the constitutionality of Trump's travel ban.