H/T Western Journalism.

Every Damned one of these lawsuits need to be dismissed.

“… likely to face enforcement under the executive order …”

The city of Richmond, California, which sought to practice solidarity with neighboring communities by filling a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s crackdown on sanctuary cities, has had its lawsuit cast aside by a federal judge.

Judge William H. Orrick said the city, which is near Oakland and has a population of 109,000, has no standing to sue because it cannot show any impact form Trump’s executive order demanding that communities comply with federal immigration authorities.

“Richmond has not actually refused to cooperate or assist ICE, has not declined to honor any detainer requests, and has not otherwise hindered the enforcement of federal immigration law,” Orrick wrote.

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When the city near Oakland filed its lawsuit, it said it was acting on behalf of all small communities and standing up to the Trump administration.

“This is an unprecedented abuse of federal power and is full of arrogance by Washington, D.C., to break up the trust of the people of Richmond and the public servants that represent them,” lead attorney Joe Cotchett said in announcing the lawsuit, saying Richmond was at risk because it took federal money and had a large Hispanic population.

“This lawsuit was filed not just for Richmond, but on behalf of every little city not only in California but across the nation.”

Orrick was not impressed.

“(R)egardless of what its large Latino population might indicate, ICE has never asked Richmond for assistance enforcing immigration laws and has never issued a detainer request to Richmond police. Richmond has not alleged any facts supporting the contention that its large Latino population is likely to subject it to defunding under the executive order,” Orrick wrote.

Orrick said there has been no harm to Richmond.“Despite having no real-world friction with ICE or the defendants over its policies, Richmond argues that it is likely to face enforcement under the executive order because it has been called a sanctuary city and because it has a large Latino population,” Orrick wrote.”Neither of those arguments is persuasive.”


The judge also said it takes more to be a sanctuary city than self-promotion.

“Richmond asserts that it has been called a sanctuary city, but does not say by whom or in what context. This vague assertion that someone, somewhere, referred to Richmond as a sanctuary city is insufficient to demonstrate that the federal government believes Richmond is a sanctuary city or is likely to enforce the executive order against it,” he wrote.

Orrick suggested that if Richmond wants to fight the Trump administration, it can file briefs supporting sanctuary cities such as San Francisco and Santa Clara that are already fighting the White House