Expert: Sanctuary cities (***NEW***)


Published: 26Apr2017

“A judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump’s efforts to starve localities of federal funds when they limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement, a stinging rejection of his threats to make so-called sanctuary cities fall in line.” (The New York Times)

Víctor M. Muñiz-Fraticelli, Professor of Law and Political Science, McGill University

“President Trump's threat in his Executive Order to withhold some federal grants from ‘sanctuary cities’ violates principles of the separation of powers and of federalism fundamental to US constitutional law. The President cannot, without the consent of Congress, change federal grants to impose new conditions on local government, and he may not coerce local government to enforce federal law. That was the basis of Judge Orrick's order.”

His interests range across philosophy, politics, and law. He is currently working on the justification and institutional requirements of associational autonomy

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