U.S. judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

News 25 Apr 2017
U.S. judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

Immigrant-rights advocates protest near the U.S.-Mexico border wall over a visit to the border by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in San Ysidro, a district of San Diego, California, U.S., April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order which sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments, and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Chris Reese)

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