Success: Sanctuary City Defunding Order Blocked

Target: Judge William Orrick, U.S. District Court

Goal: Applaud federal blocking of Trump order on sanctuary cities.

Thanks to petitions like ForceChange’s Don’t Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities, a federal judge has blocked an executive order signed by Donald Trump that threatened to withhold funding from American sanctuary cities. The order suggested that cities that were not complying with federal immigration regulations could have federal money withheld from them.

San Francisco’s U.S. District Judge William Orrick was behind the block, issuing injunctions for lawsuits by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. Orrick ruled that the president cannot set new, coercive conditions for granting federal funding, saying, “Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves.”

This ruling is another success in the face of the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration policies. Sanctuary cities provide important protections for American immigrants, and this attempt to use coercion against those cities has failed. By signing this petition, you will applaud the blocking of this executive order.


Dear Judge Orrick,

You recently issued injunctions to block Donald Trump’s executive order that threatened to withhold federal funding from American sanctuary cities. This decision, and your claim that the president cannot set new conditions for granting funding, is a victory for immigrant protection and against this administration’s aggressive immigration policies.

I thank you for the part you played in protecting sanctuary cities and the important role they play for immigrants, and ask that you continue to fight back against the Trump White House’s attempts to attack sanctuary cities.


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Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    thanks for saving the cities!

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