The White House on Tuesday rebuked a federal judge's decision to block a Trump administration directive aimed at stripping funding from "sanctuary cities," calling the court decision yet another case of "egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge."
Earlier Tuesday San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick blocked President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing a portion of its Jan. 25 executive order that would halt federal funding to municipalities that did not uphold federal immigration laws.
In a statement released Tuesday night by the press secretary's office, the White House claimed the ruling undermined the American political system.
"Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation," the statement read.
The White House added: "This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping."
The Trump White House has repeatedly seen its executive orders blocked and challenged in U.S. courts, including both Trump's initial and revised travel ban directives. In response, the president and his White House have repeatedly lashed out at federal judges and their rulings.
In its statement Tuesday, the administration cast the ongoing battle over immigration enforcement in "sanctuary cites" as one "between sovereignty and open borders, between the rule of law and lawlessness, and between hard-working Americans and those who would undermine their safety and freedom."
Citing instances of violent crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in"sanctuary cities," the White House blasted local officials for enacting such policies, saying the authors now "have the blood of dead Americans on their hands."
The White House, vowing to "pursue all legal remedies" in challenging the ruling, maintained that its day in court would come and that they would be triumphant in their efforts to impose federal immigration standards.
"We are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States," the statement said.