A judge in the federal Court of the Northern District of California has granted an injunction against President Trump’s executive order halting grants to sanctuary cities.
Section 9 and the corresponding 9(a) read:
Sec. 9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions. It is the policy of the executive branch to ensure, to the fullest extent of the law, that a State, or a political subdivision of a State, shall comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373.
(a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Secretary has the authority to designate, in his discretion and to the extent consistent with law, a jurisdiction as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.
The subsection referenced by Judge Orrick allows the Attorney General and Secretary of DHS to make ineligible any jurisdiction that willfully refuses to comply with immigration law.
The injunction is not a ruling on the merits of the case. But like the injunctions on the travel ban, the judge’s order simply stops enforcement of Trump’s order until a ruling on the merits of the case can be made.