BIG: Trump Admin Is Finally Taking California To Court Over Sanctuary Status

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President Trump has fearlessly defended the country’s immigration policies through increased spending on border security forces, the planned construction of a southern border wall, and he is now contesting areas which exhibit a “sanctuary” status.

And the president’s administration is not going after a small fish either, but is going directly for the state of California.

The state’s governor, Jerry Brown, declared the whole state would shield people in the country illegally from federal deportation.

Interestingly, Brown is also giving immigrants a driver’s license (see here, here, and here), potentially giving them the right to vote (see here and here).

The Trump administration is not alone in the lawsuit either as 16 states, two governors and seven California cities have joined in to help them.

Per Fox News:

The U.S. Justice Department sued California over its alleged interference with federal immigration policies – and it’s gotten some support from the state’s own municipalities.

Multiple local city or county councils have voted to join the Trump administration’s lawsuit or fight the state’s policies in some way.

California’s so-called sanctuary laws limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities – a move passed by the nation’s largest state to resist increased efforts to deport people living in the country illegally and to stop President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The following California cities have taken action against their state or are otherwise joining the Trump administration’s lawsuit: Los Alamitos, Hesperia, Orange County, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Escondido, Fountain Valley, Aliso Viejo, Orange, Newport Beach, Westminster, and San Juan Capistrano.

California recently agreed to send their National Guard troops to the southern border, but said the troop would not be enforcing federal immigration law, Fox News also reports.

Check it out:

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan told Fox News on Monday that state officials have not rejected anything since the governor pledged 400 troops last week. President Trump has vowed to send up to 4,000 troops to the border.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello said California’s governor determined that some tasks federal officials want the state’s National Guard to perform at the border were “unsupportable.”

Brown’s letter went on to say: “This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”

Once California agreed to send troops, President Trump praised Governor Jerry Brown.

“California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you, Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!” the president tweeted last week.

The celebratory praise quickly ended once it was learned the troops would not be enforcing federal immigration law or help towards the construction of a border wall.

“Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

And, per the Hill:

Trump’s tweet came a day after the state of California said that it would not comply with the terms of the Trump administration’s request to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.

While Brown has agreed to deploy as many as 400 guardsmen to the border, U.S. officials said Monday that they had been told that the California guardsmen would not perform the same work as others along the southern border.

Trump announced earlier this month that he would deploy the National Guard to the border amid what he said was a spike in illegal bordering crossings.

Trump and his administration have frequently sparred with Brown and the state of California, particularly over the state’s so-called sanctuary laws. Those laws have become the subject of a lawsuit by the administration, which seeks to block their enforcement.

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