Santa Clara County Asks Judge to Halt Trump’s Order on Sanctuary Cities

The County of Santa Clara filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of San Francisco Thursday requesting an injunction against an executive order calling for the defunding of so-called "sanctuary cities." The request is part of a lawsuit filed by the county on Feb. 3 and follows a similar federal lawsuit filed by San Francisco on Jan. 31.

Santa Clara County says President Trump’s threat to withdraw federal funding is an act of “extortion” and that they are legally entitled to the nearly $1.7 billion they receive annually for health, safety and social services.

“If we do not take a stand now against this unlawful power grab by President Trump, there’s no telling what he might do next,” Santa Clara Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese said at a press conference Thursday. “In our opinion, extortion is extortion and coercion is coercion and that’s exactly what that kind of behavior is. And we won’t be bullied, we won’t be forced to abandon our core values. We won’t participate in politics of fear. That’s what this lawsuit is all about.”

County Counsel James Williams is expecting a response to the motion in the coming weeks. A hearing has been set for April 5.

Mercury News and SF Gate have more on the injunction request.