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SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco filed a lawsuit on
Tuesday challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order
directing the U.S. government to withhold money from cities that
have adopted sanctuary policies toward undocumented immigrants.
The lawsuit, filed by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis
Herrera, marks the first court challenge over the sanctuary
order filed by one of the targeted cities.
Trump signed the directive on sanctuary cities on Jan. 25,
along with an executive order to build a wall along the
U.S.-Mexican border, as he charged ahead with sweeping and
divisive plans to transform how the United States deals with
immigration and national security.
Local officials in cities such as New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Washington and Seattle,
as well as San Francisco, offer some forms of protection to
illegal immigrants. Billions of dollars in federal aid to those
cities could be at risk.
Tuesday’s lawsuit alleges that the executive order violates
the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that
powers not granted to the federal government should fall to the
“In blatant disregard of the law, President of the United
States seeks to coerce local authorities into abandoning what
are known as ‘Sanctuary City’ laws and policies,” said the
lawsuit, filed in San Francisco federal court.
Herrera told reporters at City Hall on Tuesday morning the
city’s sanctuary policy was borne out of a desire to allow and
encourage undocumented immigrants to report crimes to police
without fear of being deported.
He said such policies make residents safer and cited
research suggesting that counties and cities with sanctuary
policies, of which he estimated there were 400 across the
country, had fewer crimes per 10,000 residents than other
“President Trump’s executive order tries to turn city and
state employees into federal immigration officers. That is
unconstitutional,” Herrera said.
The suit seeks to halt Trump’s order and also calls on a
judge to declare that San Francisco is in compliance with
(Additional reporting by Curtis Skinner)
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