California Strikes First Blow Against Illegal Trump “Sanctuary City” Order

Court Sides with San Francisco & Santa Clara County; Halts Unconstitutional Trump Order Against Communities that Embrace Immigrants

San Francisco – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California applaud today’s federal court ruling that halts Trump’s Executive Order to defund localities that choose to use their city and county resources for city and county services rather than for federal immigration enforcement. Last month, workers who are represented by SEIU filed amicus briefs in support of the San Francisco and Santa Clara lawsuits, telling the stories of front-line workers and the harm resulting from the Executive Order to the services these workers provide and to the local residents who count on them.

SEIU California released the following statement from Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU Local 1021 on today’s ruling by the court on the nation’s first challenge to the Trump retaliation order:

“SEIU workers are proud to stand up for our communities and our communities’ values. We believe we are on the right side of history and that justice will prevail. This ruling delivers yet another blow to Trump’s policies of hate and fear. Together, we succeeded in blocking Trump’s illegal Executive Order and protecting the services our communities count on, from health care to home care, public health, transportation, social services, and emergency response.

“Today’s ruling is a clear victory for immigrant communities and our communities’ values of unity and inclusion. It is also a victory for public sector workers, who supported the lawsuits and stood up to Trump’s illegal attempt to turn us into de facto ICE agents. We’ve sent a clear message that we won’t stand by while the Trump Administration scapegoats immigrant families and tries to coerce us into joining its deportation force. We refuse to allow crucial services to be held hostage for the fulfillment of a divisive and hateful agenda.”

Today’s ruling blocks a Trump Executive Order, signed in January, to withhold federal funding from cities, counties and states that have welcoming policies toward immigrants. Trump’s order retaliated against cities, counties and states by defunding vital local services that have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

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