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Podcast: Exploring the debate over ‘sanctuary cities’

May 11, 2017 by NCC Staff


In January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that, among other things, cut off federal funds from city and county governments that don’t fully cooperate in enforcing federal immigration laws.

But just last month, on April 25, a federal judge temporarily blocked the order nationwide, ruling that the President had acted unconstitutionally.

Does President Trump has the power to withhold money himself? Was the executive order just a use of the “bully pulpit” and without any real effect? And how could Congress or the President respond to sanctuary cities going forward?

Elizabeth Price Foley is of counsel at BakerHostetler and professor of law at the Florida International University College of Law.

Cristina Rodriguez is the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She is also the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Show Notes

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