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Trump's sanctuary city order takes first hit in federal court

As readers are probably aware, President Trump signed an executive order back in January which promised to cut funding to sanctuary cities. The order, as expected, is controversial and has been subjected to legal challenge from the city of San Francisco, among other cities.

The city of San Francisco sued the Trump administration over the order seeking a nationwide injunction that would prevent enforcement of the order. Of particular importance in the dispute are detainer requests, which are orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to local authorities to hold inmates for up to 48 hours after they have served the sentence for whatever crimes they were accused of committing. 

Last Friday, the city of San Francisco had its first victory in the case when a federal judge agreed that the city and county are harmed by the order and that they do have the right to sue in order to block the measure. The Trump administration argued that the city did not.

The aim of detainer requests is to give federal authorities time to decide whether they will arrest jailed immigrants to deport them. They have become a central issue in the debate about sanctuary cities, with some cities refusing to honor detainer requests.

Last month, interestingly, the Department of Homeland Security recent released its first weekly list of local jails and jurisdictions that have rejected detainer requests. According to that list, which covers the period between January 28and February 3, about 10 percent of detainer requests are ignored. It's hard to know exactly how frequently detainer requests are ignored, though, because federal officials do not receive notification when detainer requests are not honored.  

In future posts, we'll look briefly at some of the arguments opponents and supporters of Trump's executive order are making, and the importance of immigrants working with an experienced attorney to navigate issues surrounding deportation.


Chicago Tribune, "Federal judge in California deals blow to Trump policy on sanctuary cities," Kartikay Mehrotra, April 14, 2017.

NPR, "DHS Publishes List Of Jurisdictions That Rejected Immigrant Detainer Requests," Richard Gonzales, March 20, 2017. 

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