Board Authorizes County to Sue President Trump Over Order on Immigration

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has authorized County Counsel James Williams to file a lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump.

The unanimous decision was made during a special closed session held immediately before a County Hearing on Hate Crimes, which began at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, in the Board Chambers at the County Government Center.

Williams made this statement after the Board reconvened in open session:

“At the January 31, 2017 closed session, by a unanimous vote with all members present, the Board authorized County Counsel to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and members of his administration challenging his January 25th Executive Order No. 13768, which attempts to withhold virtually all federal funding from local jurisdictions that do not assist with his aggressive immigration enforcement plan.”

The County receives approximately $1 billion in federal funding, largely to support critical health and human services for the most vulnerable members of our community, Williams later noted.  This lawsuit is being filed to block an unconstitutional act by the President that threatens to cripple state and local governments that do not participate in his aggressive approach to immigration enforcement.

More details on the lawsuit will be released when it is filed on Thursday or Friday.

For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030. County Counsel James Williams Office can be reached at (408) 299-5902.




Media Contacts: Janice Rombeck Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, (408) 299-5030 - office or (408) 803-2095 - cell.


Posted: February 1, 2017




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