Appeals Court Denies Trump Administration’s Attempt to Invalidate California Sanctuary Laws


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

14 Comments on Appeals Court Denies Trump Administration’s Attempt to Invalidate California Sanctuary Laws

  1. My high school class is having a reunion this summer in California. I don’t even want to go there.

  2. Enforce the federal law regarding immigration and quit pussyfooting around.

    What could possibly be the legal basis for California and other states to interfere with federal law?

    Trump ought to start thinking about using US military units to invade California and make them understand that federal law is supreme in regard to immigration.

  3. They don’t call it the 9th “Circus” court for nothing. Something like 86% of their rulings get overturned upon review. Just another example of leftards wasting everyone’s time and money.

  4. 2 million illegals? The reported figure years ago was 3 million and that was before the floodgates were opened.

  5. Break up the 9th Circuit.

    Establish a law that says if your cases are overturned 51% over the time that the entirety of its judges will be disbarred.

  6. Why doesn’t DOJ just bypass every one of these activists courts (CA, WA, HI, MD, MI) and fast track this nonsense to SCOTUS? If this isn’t an emergency that’s lingered for 2 years from one Judge/Circuit/Appeals court, I don’t know what is.
    If SCOTUS has to be called back from one of their lengthy breaks, do it STAT, even if they have to exhume the old bat Ruthie.


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