Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California’s Sanctuary State Law

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the Justice Department's challenge to California’s so-called “sanctuary laws.” The decision leaves standing a lower court ruling that upheld the California Values Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Monday’s decision is a major victory for immigration advocates and a blow to Donald Trump. The administration argued that California had preempted federal law with SB54. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued the state has no responsibility to enforce federal immigration policies and that the state’s lack of cooperation did not constitute an impediment. The 9th Circuit agreed and the administration appealed.

Two justices were in the minority Monday in voting to hear the appeal: Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Read more about the decision here.


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