25 Apr STATEMENT: Federal judge blocks Trump’s harmful executive order on “sanctuary cities”


For Immediate Release
Tuesday April 25, 2017

Contact: Zenen Jaimes Perez, Communications Director
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 116
Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org

STATEMENT: Federal judge blocks Trump’s harmful executive order on “sanctuary cities”
Decision adds pressure to state leaders to end witch-hunt of Texas cities pursuing policies that benefit their immigrant residents

Austin, TX –  Today, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick temporarily barred enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order withholding funds from so-called “sanctuary cities” that fail to comply with federal immigration mandates.

In his decision, the judge found that San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in California have demonstrated they will suffer irreparable harm if the order is allowed to proceed and granted a nationwide preliminary injunction.

The decision comes as communities across Texas suffer from the political ball game that separates families and paralyzes immigrant communities with fear. Austin has already lost $1.5 million in state grants and faced aggressive immigration enforcement operations as retribution for a recent policy to end entanglement of local police with federal immigration agents. With partners at the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Workers’ Defense Project, Texas Civil Rights Project is demanding additional information about the February ICE raids through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Efrén Olivares, Racial and Economic Justice Director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“Once again, a federal judge has blocked a destructive executive order from this administration that would have irreparably harmed cities and immigrant communities across Texas.

In less than 100 days, the administration has pursued heavy-handed and harmful immigration policies that threaten the safety of Texas communities. From the attacks on our cities to the proposed border wall, we will continue fighting, in and out of the courts, to protect immigrants in our state.”


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