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Supreme Court Rejects Trump Bid To Void California Sanctuary Law


Read the full article by Max Rivlin-Nadler on KPBS here.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that limits local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The justices’ order leaves in place lower court rulings that upheld the law. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas voted to hear the administration’s appeal.

The administration said the 2017 state immigrant-sanctuary measure conflicts with federal immigration law and makes it harder to deport people who are in the country illegally.

California argued that encouraging local police to participate in federal immigration enforcement is counterproductive because it makes people less likely to report crimes if they believe they’ll be deported for doing so.

The case is at the heart of long-running tensions between the state and the Trump administration over immigration enforcement. California adopted the measure — which bars local law enforcement from collaborating with immigration enforcement agents except in cases involving more serious crimes — shortly after President Donald Trump took office and stepped up efforts to deport immigrants in the country without legal permission.

Led by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted in 2018 to file an amicus brief in support of the Trump Administration's lawsuit.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who took office in 2019, released a statement on Monday slamming the county's decision to support the lawsuit.

"I was proud to see the Supreme Court reject the anti-immigrant efforts of President Donald Trump and Supervisor Kristin Gaspar who sought to abolish California’s protections for immigrants. This is a victory for those who believe immigrants make our community stronger and a defeat for those who use immigration to divide us based on race and hate," Fletcher's statement read.