Judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order
A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked part of President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order that would allow the administration to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary cities that don't cooperate with the feds over illegal immigration.
In blocking the order, Judge William Orrick III ruled that constitutional challenges were likely to be upheld:
"The Order has caused budget uncertainty by threatening to deprive the Counties of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants that support core services in their jurisdictions....Given the nationwide scope of the Order, and its apparent constitutional flaws, a nationwide injunction is appropriate."
Why it matters: The ruling is temporary and can be appealed, but it's a setback in Trump's efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement and comes as the White House tries to demonstrate the "remarkable" progress Trump has made in implementing his agenda ahead of the 100-day mark.