Admin Lawsuit Against California Sanctuary Policies Mostly Tossed Out
U.S. District Judge John Méndez on Monday tossed out key parts of the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California’s sanctuary policies, a major strike to the Justice Department's efforts to crack down on states or jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Méndez ruled against the DOJ’s lawsuit challenging three state laws: Senate Bill 54, which limits cooperation between local and state law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement; Assembly Bill 103, which lets the California Attorney General review and report on immigrant detention facilities; and a part of Assembly Bill 405 which requires employers to inform workers before handing over their employment records to federal authorities, ruling that the laws were “permissible exercises of California’s sovereign power.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said: “Today’s decision is a victory for our State’s ability to safeguard the privacy, safety, and constitutional rights of all our people. ... Though the Trump Administration may continue to attack a state like California and its ability to make its own laws, we will continue to protect our constitutional authority to protect our residents and the rule of law.” However, Méndez ruled that the Trump administration’s case against another provision of AB 450 -- one that makes employers risk a fine for failing to keep federal agents out of their workplaces without a warrant -- can go forward. More here.