Trump Crackdown Confronts Sanctuary Fight, Skeptical Judge

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Publish Date:
April 14, 2017
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  • Mehrotra, Kartikay
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Bloomberg - Politics
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Summary

A key part of the Trump administration’s push to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants was met with skepticism from a federal judge.

San Francisco and its Silicon Valley neighbor, Santa Clara County, are seeking a nationwide ban on enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order declaring that so-called sanctuary cities have caused “immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic.” The city and county say they’re threatened with the loss of perhaps billions of dollars in federal funding unless they abide by unconstitutional demands.

“On the ground, communities are already experiencing the harm of the executive order,” said Jayashri Srikantiah, a Stanford Law School professor who submitted an argument in the case in support of the city and county. “During the floods in San Jose, the undocumented and immigrant communities were reluctant to call law enforcement for fear they’d be turned over to ICE.”

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