US District Judge William Orrick III, an Obama appointee, issued a ruling that blocked Pres. Trump’s executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities.” The ruling said the order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments, and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.
This, of course, is a political ruling, not a legal ruling. If, in fact, it was a legal ruling Judge Orrick would have had to recognize that the grant monies the "sanctuary cities" receive are predicated on their compliance with federal immigration laws. The nine sanctuary cities affected by the DoJ effort literally violated the terms of the grants and, therefore, should be considered a terminating factor for the grant monies.
Two things are troubling about this issue at this exact point in time. First, the Federal Government, rather than continuing the issuance of the grant monies pending litigation, should deny the funding immediately. While the California locales would end up suing the Federal government for the funds, it would be they who feel the financial hurt pending the multiple appeals and not the taxpayers. How could the "sanctuary cities" force the Federal Government to remit?
But the bigger point is the second one. Judge Orrick issued a political ruling, not a legal ruling and that means he is executing judicial duties through bad conduct; political conduct. He exists on the bench during "bad behavior."
The US Constitution states, in Article III, Section 1:
"...The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour..."
Orrick is executing "bad behavior" and, therefore, is vulnerable to impeachment from the federal bench. To that end, even SCOTUS justices are vulnerable to impeachment if they execute "bad behavior."
It would seem that there is a remedy to judicial activism in the federal judiciary: Impeachment. So, why isn't the Republican-controlled Legislative Branch pursuing removal of this activist?