Herrera moves to invalidate unconstitutional DOJ grant conditions

“We will continue to fight in court to compel the president and his administration to follow the law,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera seeks a nationwide injunction against the U.S. Department of Justice’s unconstitutional grant conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (July 12, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Wednesday filed a motion for summary judgment, asking a federal court to find that the U.S. Department of Justice’s new conditions on federal law enforcement grants targeting sanctuary cities are unconstitutional. Herrera is also asking the court to declare that San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies comply with federal law and is seeking a nationwide injunction that would prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing the conditions.

“President Trump and his administration have never been subtle about their efforts to vilify immigrants and to punish those who refuse to do so,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Now, they are trying to bully local government agencies into doing their federal immigration enforcement work by withholding critical funding. By trying to coerce San Francisco into abandoning our sanctuary laws and policies, they are undercutting local law enforcement and endangering our communities by withholding funds for programs that reduce crime. These requirements are unlawful and violate the Constitution. We will continue to fight in court to compel the president and his administration to follow the law.” [Read more]

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Climate Change

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.

Sanctuary Cities

On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

Gun Safety

Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.

Affordable Housing

In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.

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Pictured: City Attorney’s Office interns from our Summer 2013 program explore San Francisco City Hall.

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