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Santa Clara County, San Francisco win final ruling over Trump's threat against sanctuary counties

County stood to lose $1.7 billion in federal funding for laws that protect undocumented immigrants

Santa Clara County and San Francisco won a final victory in a lawsuit Friday challenging President Donald Trump's threat to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties.

Trump issued the executive order on Jan. 25, 2017, shortly after being inaugurated. Santa Clara County stood to lose $1.7 billion in federal funding due to its sanctuary county laws, which protect undocumented immigrants from raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and restrict law enforcement cooperation with federal agencies.

The San Francisco federal court granted Santa Clara County and San Francisco a preliminary injunction in April 2017 protecting both regions from the order, which was later upheld by an appeals court in August 2018.

On Friday, the court issued a final ruling creating permanent protections for the sanctuary counties.

"Santa Clara County taxpayers send their tax dollars to Washington and reasonably expect those federal funds will help deliver essential public health and safety services to our County residents and others across the nation, rather than being used as a bargaining chip on federal immigration policy," Santa Clara County Board President Joe Simitian said in a statement.

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Posted by short fins, vulgaian, per Vanity Fair
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Trump loses again in court. How many times? Now let's start counting up the bankruptcies, and my favorite for the religious right, casino bankruptcies. So moral! Cheating his investors, too!

Thank you SF & SC for defending the Constitution and the rule of law. Trump can't pass laws, only EO's like a little tinpot dictator.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm

California taxpayers send dollars to Washington to contribute to federal programs (military, courts, interstate, etc.) and to ensure that poorer states can meet federally mandated minimums - for instance, water projects, educational needs, etc. not to fund basic local welfare needs CREATED by LOCAL open door policies (SANCTUARIES) and FREE EVERYTHING policies. It isn’t ALL U.S. Taxpayers must pay for California’s excesses. If you want MORE homeless on the streets, more crime and drug issues, more overcrowding in the prisons, more competition for housing at the low end, keep endorsing the policies of those who open the gates, stop enforcing laws (still visiting S.F. in that new car?). You want migrants but you can’t provide for the needs of the desperate ALREADY here. That’s some policy! Pay for the drug addicts, the old in serious need, the honest poor, the orphans, the 65,000 foster children, the housing and transportation crises, the astronomical unfunded public liabilities, etc. that California needs before inviting the rest of central and south america to rush north.
As with the ‘homeless and drug navigation center’ - most, who advocate irresponsible policies like sanctuaries want the newcomers in somebody else’s backyard. You may have won a legal point but you won’t so easily escape the social deterioration so evident everywhere in this state.


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