Judge Slaps Trump Admin., Defends California's Insubordination
Aaron Colen, of TheBlaze, writes:
Just days after rejecting a preliminary injunction to put some of the laws on hold while the court proceedings continued, U.S. District Judge John Mendez ruled that California authorities have the right to refuse cooperation with federal immigration agents and the state has the right to oversee its detention facilities.
“Today’s decision is a victory for our state’s ability to safeguard the privacy, safety, and constitutional authority to protect our residents and the rule of law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “Though the Trump administration may continue to attack a state like California and its ability to make its own laws, we will continue to protect our constitutional authority to protect our residents and the rule of law.”
In March, the Trump administration sued the state of California over laws that limited cooperation between local and state law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, and between private employers and federal immigration enforcement.
The lawsuit was filed on the basis that California, by passing the laws, had violated the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. The Supremacy Clause “prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the federal government.”
The Justice Department, while expressing disappointment at the decision vowed to continue fighting "unjust policies."