President Donald Trump made a true campaign issue out of fighting the crimes that illegal aliens commit on American soil.
States led by the opposition, on the other hand, have been busy passing “sanctuary laws” which essentially grant illegal aliens asylum no matter what the individual criminal may or may not have done to get arrested. These laws feature non-compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well.
Well, President Trump and his administration have had enough, at least when it comes to the state of California.
The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to quash California’s migrant sanctuary law, which broadly prohibits state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
The dispute over the California Values Act, or SB 54, is ideologically scrambled, featuring a conservative administration arguing for strong federal power against California liberals making a states-rights defense.
“The federal government has plenary and exclusive power over immigration, naturalization and deportation,” the government’s petition to the high court reads. “The supremacy of the national power in this area is made clear by the Constitution, was pointed out by the authors of The Federalist in 1787, and has been given continuous recognition by this Court.”
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in April.
Three provisions of SB 54 are at stake in the case. The law bars state officials from: sharing information about a person’s release from custody with immigration agents; sharing personal information like physical descriptions or employment history; and transferring individuals to immigration authorities without a court warrant. The law does not apply to certain violent criminals.
More or less, California is bucking federal law on immigration, and the Trump Administration wants that to stop. Since the kangaroo liberals of the 9th Circuit are letting things ride, the Trump Administration is going to the top dogs on the bench, the United States Supreme Court, to seek a more favorable ruling since immigration issues really are the purview of the federal government, not the states.