Sanctuary cities

New York judge rules against Trump's sanctuary cities policy

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Judge Edgardo Ramos of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that it was unconstitutional and illegal for the Trump administration to withhold funding from law enforcement in sanctuary cities, dealing another blow to the White House's immigration fight, The Hill reports.

Details: Ramos' ruling applies to New York and six other states that challenged the administration's restrictions: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington. They join a number of other cities, which won similar suits against the administration last year.

Sanders doubles down on Trump's "animals" comment

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday defended President Trump's comment when he referred to MS-13 gang members as "animals," explaining it was not in reference to unauthorized immigrants.

"The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws. ... If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13 they're more than welcome to. Frankly, I don't think the term the president used is strong enough."
— Sanders to reporters at a press briefing
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