Speaking on the recent ruling from the 9th Circuit Court which placed a hold on President Trumps Executive Order to stop funding for cities which refuse to assist in the apprehension of Illegal aliens, Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions promised a major fight over the issue. The Attorney General said President Donald Trump was acting well within his authority when he issued the executive order cutting off funding to “sanctuary cities” that protect immigrants.
Sessions told the Associated Press late Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot accept a judge’s ruling blocking the order and would continue to fight the cases in court. It was not clear whether he planned an appeal. Sessions was referring to U.S. District Judge William Orrick who issued a preliminary injunction against the Executive Order on Tuesday in two lawsuits – one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by the California county of Santa Clara.
Judge Orrick rejected the administration’s argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The argument centers around the issue of who controls how money is spent. The Constitution gives congress the right to raise money and disperse it where they feel it is needed. But as the Chief Executive, the President has the final word on if it is spent or not.
President Donald Trump has taken his battle on the issue to the people and launched a Tweeter attack sending out a tweet in reaction to the federal judge’s ruling, calling the decision “ridiculous.” Just one day after a judge issued the decision which blocked the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, The President said he would take this fight to the highest court, tweeting, “See you in the Supreme Court.”
President Trump also tweeted that the 9th circuit, which earlier ruled against his travel ban, has “a terrible record of being overturned by higher courts (close to 80 percent).” The President also said, “They used to call this “judge shopping!” Messy system.” That is apparently a reference to the 9th circuit’s liberal reputation and rulings that have often irked conservatives.
This is the third time in just two months that an activist liberal judge has overruled an Executive Order issued by the nations highest elected official. In Tuesday’s ruling, Judge Orrick said that President Trump referring to the order as a “weapon” against communities that disagree with his preferred immigration policy was proof 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.
Of course in reality, which is a place liberals seldom visit, it doesn’t matter what you call it or how much money is involved. The issue is, “Does the President have the authority to issue such and order?”, to that question the answer is plainly “Yes he does,” regardless of what words you use to describe it.