California Sues Trump Administration Over Sanctuary Cities
California became the first state in the nation to sue the Trump Administration over his its sanctuary city policies on Monday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, which is also suing the administration along with the City of Chicago.
“It’s a low blow to our men and women who wear the badge, for the federal government to threaten their crime-fighting resources in order to force them to do the work of the federal government when it comes to immigration enforcement,” the attorney general said at a news conference.
The lawsuit names U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the suit, the conditions being placed upon cities and counties have no legal or constitutional basis. Rather, they are "simply the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to coerce state and local jurisdictions into carrying out the federal government’s immigration enforcement priorities," reads the lawsuit.
According to Becerra, California is facing the loss of some $28 million in grants if its localities do not all comply with the administration’s demands to start cooperating with federal immigration authorities and provide them access to local detention facilities.
The L.A. Times has more on this developing story.