Federal Judge Dismisses Most of DoJ’s Challenge to California’s “Sanctuary” Laws

(From UPI)

A federal judge on Monday dismissed several parts of the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California for its so-called “sanctuary” laws, which seek to limit federal power in enforcing immigration laws in the state.

Since the election of President Donald Trump, California lawmakers have passed several sanctuary laws, leading to a lawsuit filed by the DoJ in March to weaken or invalidate those laws.

But U.S. District Judge John Mendez [US District Court for the Eastern District of California] dismissed the DoJ’s argument against three of those laws, giving states a stronger stance to limit federal enforcement of immigration law.

“The Court does not find any indication in the cited federal statutes that Congress intended for States to have no oversight over detention facilities operating within their borders,” Mendez wrote in his opinion.

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