Skip to comments.Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California
Posted on 03/28/2018 7:41:52 AM PDT by servo1969
Earlier this month, we noted that California faced a lawsuit from the Department of Justice over its new status as a Sanctuary State. Several red and purple states have now boarded this particular Trump Train.
Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over Californias so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally.
Californias laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S. Department of Justices lawsuit against California. The filing in federal court in Sacramento supports the Justice Departments attempt to block the laws.
The states who have filed currently are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. The filings argue that Californias laws should be blocked on the same grounds that the SCOTUS struck down Arizonas 2010 immigration law.
The Arizona law required police, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally, made it a crime to harbor immigrants here illegally, and banned them from seeking work in public places.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy said Arizona may have understandable frustrations with immigrants who are in the country illegally, but added that it cant pursue policies that undermine federal law.
If Arizonas laws are overridden by federal law, then so are Californias, the court filing for Texas and the other states said. They cited a legal document signed by California in the fight over Arizonas law that said the removal of people in the country illegally was up to the federal government.
The South Carolina attorney general cited public safety concerns for his states move.
Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday the state is filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Trump Administrations lawsuit against California over state laws that intentionally obstruct the federal governments ability to enforce the nations immigration law.
Ive spent my career fighting to uphold the rule of law while Californias sanctuary cities policy thumbs its nose at the rule of law, Wilson said. States cannot be allowed to ignore federal laws they dont like, especially when doing so puts public safety at risk.
States arent the only entities jumping on the bandwagon. Tuesday, Californias own Orange County unanimously voted to join the lawsuit. ABC7 reported:
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the Trump administration to challenge Californias sanctuary law.
The board held a closed-door meeting on whether to join the governments lawsuit against the state over the law, which bars police in many cases from turning over suspects to federal immigration agents for deportation.
The board voted 4-0 to pass a resolution that blasts the states sanctuary law.
We must be certain that we are not providing assistance to undocumented immigrants who have chosen not to follow the rules. We need to look at every tool available to ensure public safety in the general public and homeless population, said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.
The supervisors also said theyre going to legally challenge the states law in court.
Earlier, activists called on supervisors to abstain from fighting the sanctuary law while playing music and holding signs to protest the decision. Along with the immigrant advocates were supporters of President Trump.
Interestingly, an email to the California Attorney General Xavier Becerras office was not immediately returned. Becerra, Legal Insurrection readers will recall, is a general in the states War on Trump.
I bet that when he does respond, President Trump will be the main focus of his ire.
The Left keep writing campaign commercials for the Right....
California is now the “Seat of the new Confederacy” as Sacramento is trying to legalize Mexican Slavery.
If a state declared themselves a haven for tax evaders, would other states and localities, even liberal ones, stand for that?
The state government of California has been taken over by Mexico.
They need to be slapped down hard by the courts.
Only if we remove the Bush League Republicans who want the illegal alien inundation to continue.
This is getting more interesting by the day.
“The state government of California has been taken over by Mexico.”
More like the former Soviet Union fellow travelers. Mexicans are just pawns like blacks. If they ever realize it they will be pissed.
I don’t get it. Can’t States sue other sue directly in the Supreme Court? Are there any Constitutional lawyers on FR that can educate us on this?
And the very slowness of the law supports the actions of those who would break it.
Is the a photoshopped picture?
Patrick Morrisey, our Attorney General, is running for US Senate.
Problem is establishment wants this as well as all illegals,it’s the one world government crap,no borders.
It is, it is.
“...public safety concerns...”
The public safety concern is that California is setting itself up as a staging area for sending predators all across the United States.
I believe it was a prank by an artist. He did that to several signs on the CA border a while back.
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