Versus Trump: 2017 Scorecard
On the first episode of Versus Trump of 2018, Jason and Charlie look back at Versus Trump cases in 2017 and score them as Administration wins, losses, or not-yet-decided. They also look ahead at big issues to come in 2018. Listen now!
Update | The Week of November 27, 2017
A jury acquitted an undocumented immigrant in a case that President Trump often cited as a part of his opposition to sanctuary cities. Judicial rulings against President Trump's effort to deny funding to sanctuary cities have implications for federalism and separation of powers debates.
Updates | The Week of November 20, 2017
Judge William Orrick held that President Trump's executive order blocking federal funding to "sanctuary cities" violates federalism and separation of powers principles.
Updates | The Week of October 16
Senate Minority Whip Dic Durbin criticized Attorney General Sessions for the policy decision to withhold grant funds from sanctuary cities. California's revisions to state criminal law provide a blueprint for how other states can resist President Trump's plans for mass deportation.
Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017
Los Angeles filed suit against the Department of Justice, arguing that withholding funds based on the city's immigration policies is unconstitutional. California enacted legislation making the state a "sanctuary state."
Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017
The Fifth Circuit will permit Texas to enforce its anti-sanctuary-city statute while the challenge to the statute is pending. California lawmakers passed a "sanctuary state" bill.
Updates | The Week of September 18, 2017
A federal court granted a nationwide injunction against the administration's effort to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized California's new bill providing some protections to undocumented immigrants.
Versus Trump: The Healthcare Episode
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha and Jason dig into healthcare for the first time, as they take a deep dive into the House v. Price litigation that addresses whether certain payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act have been properly appropriated. They also debate immigration rhetoric vs. action and discuss drug testing for unemployment benefits. Listen now!
It is time for progressives to embrace federalism and to use Supreme Court precedents protecting states’ rights to fight against Trump administration policies
An Unconstitutional Threat to Sanctuary Cities
DOJ argues that courts can't hear challenges to Trump's executive order threatening to punish sanctuary cities. Its arguments are wrong and prove that Trump's policy is illegal.
A Texan Attack on Sanctuary Cities
Sanctuary cities now face another threat much closer to home: their own state governments. And it will come as no surprise that the Lone Star State has led the way in seeking to shut down local efforts at protecting the dignity of undocumented migrants.
The Rule of Law Means Little If The President’s Word Means Nothing
In a new op-ed, I emphasize the importance of taking President Trump at his word–even as efforts to save his executive orders from his tweets inevitably push Trump's defenders to come up with new and creative reasons for ignoring Trump's public statements.
The Attack on American Cities
Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.
Sessions Retreats, but Doesn’t Surrender, on Sanctuary Cities
Yesterday, AG Sessions issued his official interpretation of the executive order President Trump issued in January regarding sanctuary cities. The interpretation is notable for its narrowness. But ultimately, the memorandum is more of a retreat than a surrender.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
Texas state legislatures are cracking down on immigration and Attorney General Sessions may be disingenuous in citing violations of federal law by sanctuary cities.
Updates | The Week of August 14, 2017
California joined San Francisco's sanctuary city suit against the administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized Chicago over its sanctuary city policies.
Updates | The Week of July 24, 2017
A Massachusetts court issued a ruling in effect turning the Commonwealth into a sanctuary state. Commentary continued on the federal effort to defund sanctuary cities.
Updates | The Week of August 28, 2017
Trump's pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio sets off a firestorm; another battle over Trump's immigration ban is heard by the Ninth Circuit; and investigators and journalists turn up more evidence of Trump's business dealings with Russia.
Updates | The Week of May 1, 2017
The Justice Department hasn't yet appealed the preliminary injunction against President Trump's executive order threatening sanctuary cities with loss of federal funds.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
President Trump's continued focus on sanctuary cities poses legal problems, as cities like Seattle bring challenges on anti-commandeering grounds. In the meantime, the Trump Administration's immigration agenda is exacting an immediate harm.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
Judge Orrick issued a preliminary injunction against the Administration's executive order against sanctuary cities. Meanwhile, Attorney General Sessions wrote to nine localities to ensure they are communicating with the federal government for immigration enforcement.