A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the better part of three so-called sanctuary laws interfering with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts to uphold federal immigration laws in the state of California.
The Golden State is home to more than 2 million illegal aliens.
The Trump administration, which seems certain to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, had repeatedly run into roadblocks as it tries to crack down on sanctuary cities. U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III of San Francisco previously issued a permanent nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13768, which would have withheld federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with ICE.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), a frequent legal antagonist of the Trump administration who claims sanctuary laws promote trust between illegal aliens and law enforcement, crowed about his state’s legal victory.
“As much as all the attention is on whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, we continue to prove in California that the rule of law not only stands for something but that people cannot act outside of it. The Ninth Circuit ruled in our favor today, demonstrating that the rights of states and the 10th Amendment continue to thrive.”
The federal government’s lawsuit had sought to strike down AB 450, which prohibits private employers from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration officials—including officials carrying out worksite enforcement efforts; SB 54, which prevents state and local law enforcement officials from providing information to the feds about the release date of deportable criminal aliens in their custody; and AB 103, which imposes a state-run inspection and review regime on the federal detention of aliens held in facilities under federal contracts.
When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched the lawsuit a year ago, he said Americans were “right to insist that this country should end the illegality, create a rational immigration flow, and protect the nation from criminal aliens.” read more