A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco refused to reverse his own injunction against President Trump’s executive order on sanc, Fox News reported Friday.
The injunction halts enforcement of the executive order nationwide and allows the lawsuits to be filed and go forward.
The Department of Justice called upon U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick to reverse his April injunction through a memo written by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.
The Justice Department said that Sessions’ memo says that cities that “willfully refuse to comply” with federal immigration law could lose grants from the DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security, but not other federal funding, and that Orrick’s injunction was unnecessary.
Sessions slammed jurisdictions Friday that refused to comply with the order and blamed their policies for further crime in their communities.
“Some jurisdictions in this country refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and turn over illegal aliens who commit crimes—even MS-13 gang members,” Sessions said during a speech delivered in Philadelphia.
He went on to say, “These policies are often called ‘sanctuary’ policies. But they are giving sanctuary not to their law-abiding residents; they are giving sanctuary to criminals. It saddens me to say that one of those jurisdictions is Philadelphia. I am especially saddened for the residents of Philadelphia who have been victimized as a result of these policies.”
“That includes the young victim of an illegal alien who was released from local custody here in Philadelphia. He had been previously deported and re-entered this country was slated to be removed by ICE officers in 2015, but Philadelphia’s policies prevented police from honoring ICE’s detainer request for him, either. He was released and in August of last year, he was charged with raping a child,” Sessions said.