Press Release

ADL Welcomes Federal Court Decision Blocking Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities

New York, NY, April 25, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed a federal court order in San Francisco blocking nationwide President Trump’s executive order that would withhold federal funding from “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

Like many counties and jurisdictions, San Francisco and Santa Clara had enacted policies to build trust between local law enforcement and immigrant communities. The executive order effectively required those jurisdictions and others like them to abandon their policies or lose critical federal funding.

“This executive order would have forced San Francisco, Santa Clara, and other jurisdictions with similar policies to make an untenable choice: either forego federal funding that they need for critical programs or shatter trust between police and immigrant communities,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We know well what can happen when there is a breakdown in trust between police and immigrant communities.”

ADL filed an amicus brief in San Francisco v. Trump and Santa Clara v. Trump arguing that the executive order threatened to create an underclass in society uniquely vulnerable to hate crimes and other crimes, and unable to turn to police for help. The law firm Latham & Watkins prepared the briefs on behalf of ADL.

ADL is the leading non-governmental organization in the United States that offers law enforcement training on terrorism, extremism, and hate crimes. In the past 10 years, ADL has trained over 100,000 federal, state, local and military law enforcement officers.