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Sanctuary city order ruling demonstrates local government influence on immigration policy

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LAWRENCE — A federal judge in San Francisco has issued an injunction permanently blocking President Trump’s executive order intended to block funding from sanctuary cities. District Judge William H. Orrick ruled the order was unconstitutional and violated the separation of powers doctrine, as well as the Fifth and 10th Amendments, in response to a lawsuit filed by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. The ruling follows a temporary halt to the order issued in April.

Lua Yuille, associate professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to discuss the ruling with media. An expert in immigration law, Yuille said the decisions shows the extent of influence local governments can have in matters of immigration and in disagreement with the federal government.

“This ruling highlights the power that local governments have in shaping the climate surrounding immigration issues, but it is important to recognize that the appellation ‘sanctuary city’ matters much less than whether and to what extent local governments protect and support their residents, regardless of immigration status,” Yuille said.

Yuille can discuss the ruling, immigration law, sanctuary cities, potential appeals of the ruling, the Fifth and 10th Amendment connections to the ruling, the separation of powers doctrine and related topics.

Yuille is an expert in immigration law, business associations, corporate governance and property law. She is an affiliate faculty member in the KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and was previously a corporate lawyer focused on Latin American business transactions and pro bono immigration practice. Before entering academia, Yuille served as a clerk for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and an extern for Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the Southern District of New York.

She received her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and has a graduate diploma in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or mkrings@ku.edu or Erinn Barcomb-Peterson at 785-864-8858 or ebp@ku.edu.

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