On WGBH's Boston Public Radio this month, ACLU of Massachusetts executive director Carol Rose explained the recent federal court ruling to block President Trump’s order to cut off federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

"Once again they've overreached — and they've lost," said Carol Rose, executive director of ACLU Massachusetts.

"The bottom line is the states have the ability to decide how they want to enforce their laws," Rose continued. "Their job is to serve and protect the local communities, and one of the ways they do that is by building trust in local communities. So if local law enforcement says 'we don't want to become agents of federal ICE agents, we don't want to do their bidding,' the federal government can't punish those cities by taking away money."

But the judge's ruling, so far, is only a temporary injunction. Rose says the fight isn't over yet.

"It's going to be battled out, and it's not over yet because it will probably be appealed," Rose said. "But it's an important injunction."

Listen to the full segment here

 

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