THRICHA SAINTIL / NEWS TEAM
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the country to sue President Trump’s executive order that directs the federal government to withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities, saying the order was “unconstitutional.”
The lawsuit, filed by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera in U.S. District Court in Northern California, requests an injunction, a stop, on the Trump’s administrations endeavor to limit city agencies and local law enforcement from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
“The president’s executive order is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American,” Herrera said. “That is why we must stand up and oppose it. We are a nation of immigrants and a land of laws. We must be the ‘guardians of our democracy’ that President Obama urged us all to be in his farewell address.”
Sanctuary cities are hundreds of communities around the U.S. that have espoused policies that would protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
“San Francisco is home to around 30,000 undocumented residents,” Mr. Herrera said. The city receives around $1.2 billion in federal funding, but city officials say it is unclear how much is at risk. San Francisco’s sanctuary city law took effect in 1989.