DOJ Files Lawsuit against California over Sanctuary Policies

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against California over its sanctuary policies that protect undocumented immigrants.

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In its complaint, the DOJ stated that certain provisions of three California laws violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Justice Department is referring to the following California laws:

  • The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450)—a provision of this law prohibits employers from providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter any non-public areas of a place of employment.
  • AB 103 – a provision of the law mandates the creation of an inspection and review system that requires the California Attorney General to investigate the immigration enforcement of federal agents.
  • SB 54- California Values Act also known as Sanctuary State bill—the law prohibits state and local enforcement officers from questioning people about their immigration status. They cannot act as agents for federal immigration officers. It prohibits unconstitutional detainer requests.

The DOJ said “California has no authority to enforce laws that obstruct or otherwise conflict with, or discriminate against federal immigration enforcement efforts.

Sessions to California: The Federal law is the supreme law of the land

Separately during his speech in California, AG Sessions emphasized that the United States must have a lawful system of immigration.