Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum says he’s appealing the ruling, which he argues violates his right to free speech.
Gastelum made international headlines when he spoke out as thousands of migrants who’d been traveling in large groups known as caravans began arriving in his city.
Immigrant rights advocates decried what they said was nativist rhetoric from the mayor, accusing him of fueling tensions rather than easing them. Gastelum has maintained he’s simply standing up for the rights of Tijuana’s residents.
A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office told CNN Friday that the judge’s order came after a civil association filed a complaint. Gastelum formally appealed the order on Wednesday, the spokeswoman said, and is awaiting an appeals court’s decision.
“I will appeal the order given by the federal judge that tries to censor our freedom of expression,” he wrote. “Here there is a mayor that defends Tijuana and a lawyer who knows the law well. I will keep you posted.”