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FILE- In this March 3, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids. New York City leaders are trying to strike a balance between purging dangerous criminals and protecting some of its roughly 500,000 undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A US district court judge temporarily blocked Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities


A federal judge on Tuesday in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from places that fail to fully cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities in so-called sanctuary cities, the Statesman reported. The temporary ruling was mandated by U.S. District Judge William Orrick. His ruling stays in place while the lawsuit grinds through the judicial system.

San Francisco and Santa Clara County argued that the order threatened billions of dollars in federal funding.

According to Justice Department attorney Chad Readler, the decision applied to a limited set of grants. He said less than $1 million was at stake nationally, and possibly no San Francisco funding.

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