WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through court.
The Republican president's administration and two California governments that sued over the order disagreed about its scope.
San Francisco and Santa Clara County argued that it threatened billions of dollars in federal funding. But an attorney for the Justice Department, Chad Readler, said at a recent court hearing that it applied to a limited set of grants.
Readler said less than $1 million was at stake nationally and possibly no San Francisco funding.
The administration sent letters warning that they may lose law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
The Justice Department's inspector general identified nine jurisdictions as limiting the information local law enforcement can provide to federal immigration authorities about those in their custody.
The jurisdictions include the state of California and the cities of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Some of the localities remain defiant, despite risking the loss of money that police agencies use to pay for everything from body cameras to bulletproof vests.