Lefty judge orders DOJ to give $28m, previously withheld for sanctuary city status, to California

A left-wing federal judge with a history of ruling against the Trump administration ruled against it again Friday by revoking its right to enforce federal immigration laws in California and demanding it funnel a total $28 million in unpaid grant money to “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco.

The ruling by William Orrick concerned a decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year to revoke funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” unless they began abiding my federal immigration laws.

“Today I am urging all states and local jurisdictions to comply with all federal laws, including 8 U.S.C. Section 1373,” Sessions had said in an announcement on March 27, 2017. “Moreover, the Department of Justice will require jurisdictions seeking or applying for Department grants to certify compliance with Section 1373 as a condition for receiving these awards.”


The decision had specifically demanded that “sanctuary cities” provide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with access to their jails, notify ICE officials in advance of detained illegals being released and share information about detained illegals with the Department of Homeland Security.

In invalidating Sessions’ decision and forcing the Department of Justice to continue funding California’s illicit activity, Orrick — who has a history of donating to left-wing politicians — essentially granted the left-wing state the authority to defy the law whenever it desires.

The judge defended his ruling nevertheless, arguing that Sessions’ decision “undermines existing state and local policies and strips local policymakers of the power to decide for themselves whether to communicate with” immigration officials, according to Fox News.

“California expresses the legitimate concern that entanglement with federal immigration enforcement erodes the trust that Latino and undocumented immigrant communities have in local law enforcement,” he added.

The belief by California’s radically left-wing politicians, including state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, is that unless their government appeases the interests of criminal aliens, Latino communities won’t cooperate with the authorities in crime investigations.

Never mind that illegal immigration is itself a crime — one that California apparently endorses. The reactions on social media to Becerra celebrating his state’s lawlessness were quite blunt.


The last two Twitters users had a point. After Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s scheduled confirmation Saturday, the high court will tilt to the right. This means that when the issue of defunding “sanctuary cities” reaches it, the court will most likely rule in favor of the Trump administration.

What remains unknown is whether the high court will also force California to repay all the grant money it’s successfully snatched from the taxpayer’s pocket courtesy the assistance of left-wing judges like Judge Orrick. Conservatives certainly hope it will.


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