Judge says Trump can’t punish cities over sanctuary city policies

In the first legal test of an executive order Trump issued five days after taking office, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco said the president was exceeding his constitutional authority by trying to punish local governments that disagreed with his immigration policies.

Orrick’s decision followed a 70-minute hearing April 14 in federal court over San Francisco’s and Santa Clara County’s request for an injunction that would halt enforcement of Trump’s order.