This is a major blow for President Trump immigration enforcement efforts. It is unclear when or if the Supreme Court will take the case.
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that President Trump's executive order threatening to withhold funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" is unconstitutional, according to The Associated Press.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s ruling in favor of two California counties that sued the Trump administration for threatening to withhold money from jurisdictions that have declared themselves sanctuary cities.
Cities across the U.S. have declared themselves sanctuaries since Trump's election, meaning they will not provide information about the legal status of immigrants within their jurisdictions to the federal government.
Trump in January 2016 signed an executive order that stated sanctuary jurisdictions that refused to comply with federal immigration enforcement would be ineligible to receive some kinds of federal funding.