SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Apr. 25, 2017 – City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued the following statement after a federal district court ruling put a nationwide halt to enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities.

“Faced with the law, the Trump administration was forced to back down.  

This is why we have courts – to halt the overreach of a president and an attorney general who either don’t understand the Constitution or chose to ignore it.

This is why San Francisco had to stand up on behalf of people everywhere, be they immigrants or native born. As Americans, we all have a duty to confront injustice, even when it emanates from the White House.

Because San Francisco took this president to court, we’ve been able to protect billions of dollars that fund lifesaving programs across this country

The court found the Trump administration’s arguments were not legally plausible, and the court sided with us on every substantive issue.  

I hope this president learns from his litany of mistakes. His first 100 days have been a disaster. I hope for all of our sakes that he can turn it around.”

The case is: City and County of San Francisco v. Donald J. Trump, et al., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, filed Jan. 31, 2017. Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at: