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HuffPost Politics Newsletter: April 15th, 2017

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A Trump administration lawyer said in federal court Friday that the president’s executive order targeting so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” wouldn’t actually affect San Francisco, one of the cities he has been most intent on punishing for its lack of help with deportation efforts.

The high-profile hearing highlighted a central problem with President Donald Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities: The president and top officials have attempted to pressure local jurisdictions into cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement by making threats they may not be legally able to carry out.

The city of San Francisco and the sprawling county of Santa Clara — the most populous in the San Francisco Bay Area — were in court aiming to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing president’s January executive order to take away federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with ICE. Both jurisdictions sued the administration days after the president signed his anti-sanctuary order.

Lawyers for San Francisco and Santa Clara County asked U.S. District Judge William Orrick to put Trump’s order on hold, on the grounds that not doing so could cause “irreparable harm” to their local programs and services. They said their clients are at risk of losing billions in vital congressional funding that was never explicitly conditioned on cooperating with the federal government on immigration enforcement.

But Chad Readler, a top lawyer with the Department of Justice, accused the California jurisdictions of interpreting the executive order “as broadly as possible.”

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

The Trump administration won’t release logs of visitors to the White House. The president previously criticized the Obama administration for lacking transparency.

Democrats are gearing up for a fight over health insurance subsidies. Another government shutdown over Obamacare could be coming, but this time, the stakes are even higher.

Democrats in Illinois just unseated a whole bunch of Republicans. They’re local races, but they fit with an emerging trend that could mean big trouble for the GOP in 2018.

 

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