Sanctuary Cities - Amicus Brief Update

The Southwest Conference was one of the amici in this case.

Three weeks ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the so-called Sanctuary Cities Executive Order unconstitutional. The Court found that federal funding could be withheld only with congressional authorization, and that the Executive Branch may not refuse to disperse federal grants without congressional authorization. Such a withholding would violate the constitutional separation of powers.

This Court of Appeals decision upholds Judge Orrick’s injunction from District Court, which had prohibited the executive order from going into effect.

·         You can find the Opinion of the Court here.

·         Your amicus brief can be found here.

·         The Court’s general website for all case documents can be found here.

·         The SF Chronicle article on the news can be found here.

Thank you again for all of your assistance and cooperation. With this victory, cities and counties throughout the Circuit will continue to see their federal funds rightfully allocated, regardless of their respective stances on the ongoing immigration debate.

This update was provided by Justin Fisch, Associate | Morrison & Foerster LLP.