Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Wednesday that the Department of Justice will appeal a ruling by a federal court that struck down President Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities.
"At the heart of this immigration debate is disagreement over whether illegally entering this country is a crime. Our duly enacted laws answer that question," Sessions said in a statement. "The Department of Justice cannot accept such a result, and as the President has made clear, we will continue to litigate this case to vindicate the rule of law."
San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled on Tuesday that the Jan. 25 executive order that moved to cut off federal funding from cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration requests — dubbed "sanctuary cities" — would cause the cities "to suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction."
Following the decision the White House called it yet another case of "egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge."
The appeal will likely be heard by the Ninth Circuit, which has twice issued injunctions against Trump's other immigration executive orders.
In his statement, Sessions also echoed prior comments made: "This is the Trump era. Progress is being made daily, and it will continue. This will be the Administration that fully enforces our nation's immigration laws."