A lawyer for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump is keeping up the legal fight against President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.
Jamie Gorelick, a deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, filed another legal brief Wednesday attacking an illegal-immigration-focused executive order Trump issued in January.
The new brief, filed on behalf of immigrant advocacy groups, argues that victims of gender-based violence have been discouraged from reporting such abuse because of the crackdown embodied in Trump’s order.
"Recent reports detailing this chilling effect … demonstrate that, unless enjoined, the Executive Order will continue to undermine cooperation between law enforcement and immigrant communities, and continue to endanger community safety," wrote Gorelick, a partner at law firm WilmerHale.
Gorelick entered the sanctuary city litigation back with an amicus brief back in March, as opponents of the Trump policy sought an injunction blocking part of the order.
In April, a federal judge in San Francisco blocked a portion of the order, but said the administration could continue to enforce a provision in federal law forbidding localities from preventing their employees from communication with federal officials about individuals who may be in violation of immigration laws.
The administration contends the injunction was unnecessary because there was no intent to take any action against sanctuary cities aside from enforcement of the law on communications with local government employees.
Some Democratic activists have criticized Gorelick for taking on the president’s son-in-law and daughter as clients, in part because both are now senior advisers to the president. However, the latest legal filing appears to demonstrate that the longtime Democratic lawyer is still keeping one hand in what many call the Trump resistance.
The groups represented by Gorelick in the sanctuary-city-related litigation include Tahirih Justice Center, Asian Law Alliance, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Casa de Esperanza, and Immigration Center for Women & Children.
Gorelick did not respond to a message seeking comment for this post.