The White House's Reaction to the Sanctuary Cities Ruling Is Much As You'd Expect

The White House has released its take on yesterday’s ruling by full-time Democrat hack and part-time judge William Orrick barring enforcement of President Trump’s executive order imperiling the flow of federal grant money to Democrat strongholds:

Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation. Federal law explicitly states that “a Federal, State or Local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” 8 U.S.C. 1373(a). That means, according to Congress, a city that prohibits its officials from providing information to federal immigration authorities — a sanctuary city — is violating the law. Sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, block their jails from turning over criminal aliens to Federal authorities for deportation. These cities are engaged in the dangerous and unlawful nullification of Federal law in an attempt to erase our borders.

Once again, a single district judge — this time in San Francisco — has ignored Federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country. This decision occurred in the same sanctuary city that released the 5-time deported illegal immigrant who gunned down innocent Kate Steinle in her father’s arms. San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands. This San Francisco judge’s erroneous ruling is a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering the worst kind of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and putting thousands of innocent lives at risk.

This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping. But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States.

In the meantime, we will pursue all legal remedies to the sanctuary city threat that imperils our citizens, and continue our efforts to ramp up enforcement to remove the criminal and gang element from our country. Ultimately, this is a fight between sovereignty and open borders, between the rule of law and lawlessness, and between hardworking Americans and those who would undermine their safety and freedom.

As NRO’s Andy McCarthy pointed out, this ruling is part political theater, part balderdash, and part Constitutional threat in its own right.

The bottom line here is that since January 20 we have seen a non-trivial number of federal judges become active participants in combating perfectly legal and proper actions by the Trump administration because those actions conflict with their politics. For the first time in the history of the nation, courts have used what a person has said before they were even in office as evidence of their bad faith in actions taken when in office. To the extent this happens I’m 100% in favor of the White House calling out these judges. You can’t do the Jon Stewart “clown nose on… clown nose off” act if you are a federal judge. If you act like a hyper-partisan you need to be treated as one.