California Attorney General Slams Trump Administration: 'In Denial' About Its Executive Powers

The Trump administration is “in denial” about his lack of constitutional authority to reform the nation’s immigration laws by issuing executive orders, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleged Tuesday.

According to Yahoo News, Becerra blasted White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ reaction to a judge’s temporary injunction blocking a Trump order to cut funding to sanctuary cities. Priebus remarked that the ruling was an example of “the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal going bananas.” However, the decision came from U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, who is not a member of the appeals court. The issue could come before the Ninth Circuit if the administration challenges Orrick’s ruling, National Public Radio noted.

In February, the Ninth Circuit judges affirmed a stay that a district court imposed on another executive action by Trump. That order would have suspended the refugee-resettlement program and temporarily banned travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The courts claimed the order violated the Constitution’s religious-freedom protections.

Becerra, when asked on CNN about Priebus’ denunciation of Orrick, replied that it was “another case of the administration in denial.” He explained: “You just have to read the Constitution. It’s very simple. The Trump administration can say all it wants, but we’re beginning to see all those words of Donald Trump the candidate unravel as he tries to exercise his power as Donald Trump the president.”

Trump signed his order regarding sanctuary cities, which decline to work with federal authorities in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, on Jan. 25. Officials in San Francisco and Santa Clara County, California, responded by filing lawsuits against the administration. They pointed out that their jurisdictions were at risk of losing billions of dollars in federal funds, according to The Associated Press.

Federal courts, as well as Congress, are complicating Trump’s efforts to fulfill his campaign promises to secure the nation’s borders and deport undocumented immigrants. His pledge to erect a wall along the Mexican border is on hold because lawmakers have refused to allocate $1 billion to build the first 62 miles of the project. The administration has increased deportations of undocumented immigrants who commit crimes.

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