SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities (all times local):
The Trump administration has filed court papers in an effort to have a judge reconsider his ruling blocking the president’s order to cut funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick on Monday for permission to file documents asking the judge to reconsider or clarify his ruling in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The memo reasserts the department’s position that Trump’s executive order applies to a relatively small amount of money. Orrick rejected that argument in a ruling in April that blocked the executive order.
The Justice Department is looking for more ways to deny coveted federal grant money to so-called sanctuary cities.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a department memorandum Monday that the department may “tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration.” That suggests officials could seek ways to withhold money from communities that refuse to honor detainer requests from federal immigration authorities.
A judge in April blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to withhold funding from some localities, saying the president doesn’t have the authority to attach new conditions to spending by Congress. But the Sessions memo suggests the Justice Department still can attach more stringent conditions to the money it doles out.
Sessions already has threatened to pull money from jurisdictions that hinder communication between local police and immigration authorities.
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