Today, Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked a Trump administration order to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities”:
“This court ruling preventing President Trump from punishing ‘sanctuary cities’ is yet another rebuke of his misguided agenda. Once again, a federal judge has blocked President Trump’s dangerous overreach. While we review this ruling’s impact on our City’s lawsuit against the president’s order, we will continue to embrace all our residents because we know Trump’s attacks on ‘sanctuary cities’ are attacks on Constitutional Cities.”
In March, the City of Seattle filed its own lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s “sanctuary cities” executive order, arguing the order is unconstitutional and that the City has not violated federal law. The City’s legal team is reviewing today’s ruling with its national counsel, Andrew Pincus, which will inform Seattle’s next steps in its suit against the Trump administration.