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The Latest: Justice department: ‘Sanctuary city’ order legal

August 1, 2018
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FILE - In this June 26, 2017, file photo, protesters take part in a rally to oppose a new Texas "sanctuary cities" bill that aligns with the president's tougher stance on illegal immigration, in San Antonio, Texas, outside of the Federal Courthouse. A U.S. appeals court says President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, said a lower court went too far when it blocked the order nationwide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a court ruling on President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice is defending President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to cut funding from “sanctuary cities” after an appeals court ruled it was unconstitutional.

Devin O’Malley said Wednesday’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for criminals in the country illegally, who live in California.

He says the executive order was a legal use of the president’s power.

The 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 that the order exceeded the president’s authority because Congress alone controls spending under the U.S. Constitution.

12:45 p.m.

Two California counties are hailing a U.S. appeals court ruling that found President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” unconstitutional.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday checked the president’s attempt to grab power he didn’t have.

Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams said the decision was a victory for a key provision of the U.S. Constitution.

The two counties sued to block the president’s executive order, arguing it could strip them of billions of dollars in federal funding.

The 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 that the order exceeded the president’s authority.

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11 a.m.

A U.S. appeals court says President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that a lower court went too far when it blocked the order nationwide.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in November that Trump’s order threatened all federal funding and that the president didn’t have the authority to attach new conditions to spending approved by Congress.

The ruling came in lawsuits filed by two California counties — San Francisco and Santa Clara.

The Trump administration said the order applies to a relatively small pot of money that already requires compliance with immigration law.

An email to a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department wasn’t immediately returned.

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