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County of Santa Clara Seeks to Permanently Strike Down Executive Order Targeting “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

​​​SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Today, the County of Santa Clara will ask a federal court to declare unconstitutional and permanently enjoin enforcement of an Executive Order provision that would de-fund “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

The County’s summary judgment motion, which will be filed by the Office of the County Counsel along with pro bono co-counsel Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, follows the County’s successful move to secure a court order temporarily halting this de-funding effort—a historic victory that prohibited the Trump Administration from engaging in its blatantly unlawful effort to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” 

“The County of Santa Clara has a state-mandated duty to protect the health and safety of all its residents—and to set policies that best serve those interests,” said Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “The Trump Administration has sought to use this Executive Order to bully local governments into abandoning that duty, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

“Today, we will ask the Court to make its preliminary injunction permanent,” said Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams. “Only an enforceable judicial order permanently striking down the de-funding provision of the Executive Order can end this coercive and unconstitutional power grab.”

The County’s filings and federal court orders can be found here.

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County of Santa Clara MSJ Press Statement ​

NOTE: Documents will be posted on the web site after they are filed.

Media Contacts: Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119.

Posted: August 30, 2017

Last updated: 8/30/2017 8:52 AM