A rabbi posing with Steve Bannon may have revealed the White House chief strategist's to-do list.
Mr Bannon posed for a photo with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach during the religious leader's visit to the White House on Israeli Independence Day. Posting the photograph on Twitter, the rabbi called Mr Bannon a “great, stalwart friend of the Jewish State”.
The post drew outcry from some followers, who took issue with Mr Bannon’s past of alleged anti-Semitic comments. Other commenters, however, were more focused on what was visible behind the two men: a white board list labelled “Pledges on Immigration.”
First up on the to-do list was a promise to “cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.” Mr Trump’s executive order doing just that was recently blocked by a federal judge.
The executive order, issued in January, makes it executive branch policy to “ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal law do not receive federal funds.” Cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement programs are frequently called “sanctuary cities.”
Mr Trump’s executive order was blocked by a federal judge on the grounds that it is overly broad.
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
1/9 Trump and the media
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing
2/9 Trump and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union leaders applaud US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC. Mr Trump issued a presidential memorandum in January announcing that the US would withdraw from the trade deal
3/9 Trump and the Mexico wall
A US Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for illegal immigrants at a fence opening near the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. The number of incoming immigrants has surged ahead of the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. A signature campaign promise, Mr Trump outlined his intention to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border days after taking office
4/9 Trump and abortion
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus looks on in the Oval Office of the White House. Mr Trump reinstated a ban on American financial aide being granted to non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling, provide abortion referrals, or advocate for abortion access outside of the United States
5/9 Trump and the Dakota Access pipeline
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation
6/9 Trump and 'Obamacare'
Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives speaks beside House Democrats at an event to protect the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles, California. US President Donald Trump's effort to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed when Republicans failed to get enough votes. Mr Trump has promised to revisit the matter
7/9 Donald Trump and 'sanctuary cities'
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to pull funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" if they do not comply with federal immigration law
8/9 Trump and the travel ban
US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. The first attempt, in February, was met with swift opposition from protesters who flocked to airports around the country. That travel ban was later blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second ban was blocked by a federal judge a day before it was scheduled to be implemented in mid-March
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9/9 Trump and climate change
US President Donald Trump sought to dismantle several of his predecessor's actions on climate change in March. His order instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which would cap power plant emissions
Judge William Orrick ruled that federal funds unrelated to immigration enforcement cannot be withheld “merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the President disapproves.”
The Justice Department attempted to argue that the order would not restrict all funds, but only those issued by the Justice Department and Homeland Security. The pledge on the whiteboard behind Mr Bannon, however, clearly says to “cancel all federal funding” to noncompliant cities.
Even before the order emerged, Mr Orrick felt he had enough evidence to suggest the order was unconstitutionally broad. The judge cited Mr Trump’s claim that the order is a “weapon” to be used against sanctuary cities, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ pledge to withhold grants from noncompliant cities.
"If there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments," Mr Orrick wrote. A White House statement accused the judge of "putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens."
Further down on the whiteboard list is a pledge to “suspend immigration from all terror prone regions” – another of Mr Trump’s executive orders currently blocked by a federal judge. The list also mentions the construction of a Mexican border wall, which so far has received no funding from Congress.
Other pledges on the list include hiring 5,000 more border patrol agents and tripling the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Mr Trump has signed executive orders directing the secretary of homeland security to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers and 5,000 additional border patrol agents.Reuse content