Helen Klein Murillo  //  3/26/17  //  Topic Update

Federal threats to withdraw funds from sanctuary cities are unconstitutional, according to many legal experts.

  • On Take Care, Nikolas Bowie analyzes (and ultimately rejects) the Justice Department's defense of President Trump’s executive order.
  • Nearly 300 scholars wrote to President Trump demanding that he rescind E.O. 13768 § 9(a), which directs the termination of federal funding to sanctuary cities, since it violates the Spending Clause and 10th Amendment (ImmigrationProfBlog).
  • Domenic Powell (ACLU) discusses the Administration's effort to "name and shame local and state police departments that won't do their bidding."

A weekly report identifying state and local law enforcement agencies that do not comply with federal immigration officials raises constitutional issues, and it also makes Latino immigrants less safe, says the NYT Editorial Board (NYT).

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

At Take Care, Eli Savit argued that the Trump Administration's threats against sanctuary cities are baseless, but that the rhetoric is nonetheless dangerous. The Justice Department subpoenaed letters from sanctuary cities across the country.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s top immigration chief said he was preparing to significantly increase his agency’s enforcement presence in California because of last year’s passage of a “sanctuary state” law.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

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.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School