Immigration enforcement activists support the Trump administration's lawsuits against two sanctuary entities at opposite ends of the country.
Attorney General William Barr announced on Monday that the Justice Department has filed two lawsuits against local governments over their "sanctuary" policies. The AG declared that law enforcement officers are being "put in harm's way by these ideologically driven policies."
The Trump administration is suing the state of New Jersey as well as the Washington county that is home to Seattle over their sanctuary immigration policies. New Jersey is reportedly violating federal law by prohibiting state and local law enforcement from sharing information about inmates who are in the U.S. illegally, and King County, Washington prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from using the King County International Airport-Boeing Field for deportation flights.
"Our Constitution says there shall be a uniformed law of naturalization, and that has been interpreted over hundreds of years to mean the federal government gets to make immigration policy, not the state," explains Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Likewise, Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the 1996 law contains language that specifically spells out who has authority to make immigration policy.
"No local government can implement laws that bar these local governments from cooperating with federal immigration authorities," Mehlman asserts. "It's right there in black and white, and yet it's been going on without any retribution to the states and local jurisdictions that flout federal law."
Vaughn and Mehlman agree that these sanctuary cases could wind up in the Supreme Court.