SFALP students were instrumental in filing the first lawsuit in the nation challenging Executive Order 13768: “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” Signed by President Trump on January 25, 2017, the order sought to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions” that do not affirmatively help enforce federal immigration law. In San Francisco v. Trump, the City asserted that the executive order caused significant constitutional, budgetary, and community harms. After a series of wins at the district court and Ninth Circuit, San Francisco secured a final victory in March of 2021, when the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case. The dismissal came after the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its appeal of a March 4, 2019 ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling both confirmed San Francisco’s sanctuary ordinances are lawful and invalidated grant conditions that the Trump administration had tried to use to deny funding to sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco.

 

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