SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This was yet another stay on a Trump executive order after a federal appeals court blocked the original travel ban that prohibited travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from entering into the U.S. The administration then revised the order, but the new version also is stalled in court.
Trump tweeted: "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings". Trump is accusing political opponents of "judge shopping" - more commonly called "forum shopping", a colloquial term for the practice of searching for a judge who will grant a favorable outcome - in order to get cases heard by the 9th Circuit.
"This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge". The two local governments that sued to block Trump's order, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, are in California and therefore routinely filed in the court in their neighborhood.
The first comment was evidence that the administration intended the executive order to apply broadly to all sorts of federal funding, and not a relatively small pot of grant money as the Department of Justice had argued, the judge said.
In a series of tweets, Trump vowed that the White House was ready to bring the case to the Supreme Court and blasted the USA 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which was part of legal decisions blocking Trump's travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries.More news: Sisi in Riyadh to patch-up Saudi-Egypt rift
It also sought help from "sanctuary cities" for facilitating the deportation of those migrants who are living in the U.S. illegally or who have committed a crime.
The judge ruled the threat to take away federal funding from those cities could be unconstitutional.
These are cities - among them New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco - that have limited their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. But the Justice Department sent letters last week advising communities to prove they are in compliance.
Orrick does not sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but any challenges to his rulings would be heard in that court, NPR reported. "It's outrageous", Trump said to the Washington Examiner in an interview at the White House. "The idea that an agency can't put in some reasonable restriction on how some of these monies are spent is going to be overturned eventually, and we'll win at the Supreme Court level at some point".
Judge Orrick said that the language of the executive order made clear it sought to withhold funds beyond law enforcement.