Trump errs on the court system

Trump could appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, but that was the court that blocked the president's first travel ban against seven Muslim countries.

President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to take to the U.S. Supreme Court a challenge of a California federal judge's decision blocking him from withholding federal money from sanctuary cities.

"Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in".

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday partially blocked President Trump's attempts to punish "sanctuary cities" that do not fully comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts by withholding federal grant money.

As The Daily Beast points out, while Orrick is a USA district court judge, Trump wrongly identified him as sitting on the Ninth Circuit. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, a federal judge blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

When a federal judge moved to block Trump's executive order to curb federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, he cited statements Trump has made in the past.

Never mind that the judge in question doesn't sit on the Ninth Circuit. The state has the largest number of unauthorized immigrants in the country, according to the Migration Policy Institute, which crunched some U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

What did Trump's executive order say, and why was it halted by a judge?

In an executive order, Mr. Trump threatened to strip all federal funds from any local government that refused to help immigration police round up undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, a bill passed Wednesday in the N.C. Senate would limit funding to sanctuary cities.

The order also has led to lawsuits by Seattle; two MA cities, Lawrence and Chelsea; and a third San Francisco Bay Area government, the city of Richmond. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii and U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland said comments by Trump supported the allegation that the ban was aimed at Muslims.

It is not true, as Trump has previously claimed, that the 9th is the circuit most reversed by the Supreme Court.

"Unconstitutional political threats against our cities cannot take away our rights and they certainly can't steal our tax dollars,"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said".

The judge ruled that that "the Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order can not constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds".

There is nothing the Republican base - and the bulk of Republican elected officials - hate more than what they view as liberal judges run amok.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Justice Department lawyers are reviewing legal options.

The 9th is by far the largest of the 13 federal courts of appeals, which means that in raw numbers, more cases are heard and reversed from the 9th Circuit year in and year out.

Sessions did not address whether he plans to appeal Orrick's decision, which ruled on suits brought by San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California.

The judge further ruled that Trump's order threatened a wide range of funding - not the relatively small amount the Justice Department claimed - and that the government can not cut off funding if there is no clear connection between the money and the policy at issue.