United States lawsuit over California immigration laws is warning shot

United States lawsuit over California immigration laws is warning shot

"The Supreme Court agreed, that there is a separation, that the state can not undermine it, now Sessions is using that argument to flip everything around", said Immigration Attorney Olga Grosh. "The basic issue is one of federal constitutional law". Another stops local governments from contracting with for-profit companies and ICE to hold immigrants. Local cops are the ones who really do keep our communities safe.

"How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into believing that all undocumented residents are risky criminals?" she told reporters.

The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced the federal government's primacy in enforcing immigration law when it blocked much of Arizona's tough 2010 immigration law on similar grounds.

Schaaf later echoed the refrain to slam Sessions for tearing apart families and distorting the reality of declining violent crime in a "sanctuary city" like Oakland. In fact, a 2017 study by University of California, San Diego, professor Tom Wong concluded just the opposite.

The undocumented man, surnamed Zhu, 58, has been in ICE custody since he was arrested after he had his green card interview at a US Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Manhattan, New York, during the Lunar New Year, said Chen Shanzhuang, Chairman of Brooklyn Asian Communities Empowerment (BACE), in an interview with Xinhua.

Wong found that sanctuary counties have significantly lower crime rates and stronger economies than those that cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. ICE officials say that Schaaf's actions prevented them from making contact with hundreds of illegal immigrants.

"When asking LLEAs [local law enforcement agencies] to undertake new arrests and detention exclusively on the basis of administrative paperwork, ICE unlawfully transformed a decades-old notification practice", the report argued. "Which is very serious", said Ardiaz.

Sessions' argument is anything but. Justice Department officials said that violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which renders state laws invalid if they conflict with federal ones. The case comes down to a simple point of state versus federal law. They are only using their Tenth Amendment rights giving states the power to decide how to police their lands.

Williams, the Colorado lawmaker who is of Hispanic heritage, has introduced state legislation to make city and law enforcement officials liable for crimes committed by immigrants in the USA illegally.

The courts would do well to strike down Sessions' effort and hand a victory to those who continue to work for the public safety of California communities.