Pres. Trump loses effort to block 2 California sanctuary laws
A judge rejected a request by the Trump administration to block two California laws that protect illegal immigrants.
Judge John Mendez refused to block a law requiring the state to review detention facilities where immigrants are held and another that prevents local enforcement from providing release dates and personal information on jail inmates.
But he did put a third law on hold.
He ruled California cannot prohibit employers from allowing immigration officials on their premises without a warrant.
“There is no place for politics in our judicial system, and this one opinion will neither define nor solve the complicated immigration issues currently facing our nation,” Mendez wrote.
Mendez also said the federal lawsuit presented “unique and novel constitutional issues.”
“Deciding these critical issues requires this court to determine the proper balance between the twin powers of California and the United States,” he wrote.
California says its policies promote trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.
“These laws come as close as you can come to not helping, but not interfering, so they were upheld on a state sovereignty theory,” said UC Hastings Professor of Law Rory Little.
The administration countered that the state is allowing dangerous criminals to stay on the streets.
“The right of states to determine how to provide public safety and general welfare to their people continues to stand strong,” the California attorney general’s office said in a statement after the ruling.
The state had asked Mendez to dismiss the lawsuit, which Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has described as akin to the U.S. “going to war” against California.
The judge did not immediately rule on that request.
“The law is on our side, the Constitution is on our side, and the community is going to fight if any of these challenges continue any further,” said Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network’s Priya Murthy.
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