The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to sue the state of California over their enactment of so-called “sanctuary city” laws aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants from raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Politico reported Tuesday that the suit will focus on three laws passed within the California state legislature last year in opposition to President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigration.
The move comes after a Northern California federal judge declined a proposed injunction brought by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that would have blocked the administration from taking such action.
In his decision, Judge William Orrick wrote that the case “may help define the contours of the state’s broad constitutional police powers under the Tenth Amendment and the federal government’s ‘broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration and the status of aliens.’”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions intends to tout the government’s lawsuit at a law enforcement meeting on Wednesday in Sacramento, where the litigation is being brought.
“The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,” Sessions’ planned remarks to the California Peace Officers Association meeting read. “We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. And I believe we are going to win.”