CA maintains right to demand federal dollars, flaunt its laws

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

California flagAn immigration watchdog says the federal government has the constitutional right to enforce federal laws in all 50 states, including in left-wing California, but the U.S. Supreme Court won’t be weighing the issue any time soon.

The high court this week rejected the Trump administration's bid to challenge California’s “sanctuary” law, which was passed in 2017 to shield the state’s illegal alien population from deportation after Trump vowed to follow through on a campaign promise his first month in office. 

The court's order leaves in place lower court rulings that upheld the law.

Only two of the nine justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, voted to hear the administration's appeal.

Mehlman

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government the right to enforce federal laws “any place in the country,” even if local governments oppose it.

Jerry Brown, the former governor, signed the California Values Act into law after President Trump signed an executive order vowing to withhold federal funding from states and cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.  

CA immigration marchCalifornia is famously heavily populated with illegal aliens and has been for decades. Southern California has the largest population in the U.S. with approximately 1.4 million, a 2017 Pew Research study found.

The U.S. Justice Dept. filed suit against the state law in 2018 but a federal judge dismissed it that same year.

Since the appeal was rejected, Mehlman tells OneNewsNow the U.S. Supreme Court must still determine under what conditions the federal government can withhold funds from state and local governments.

“This is not the first time that an administration has used this power to try to get state and local governments to comply with certain policies and regulations,” he points out. “There are other constitutional issues here that needed to be decided by the Supreme Court and unfortunately, for reasons they didn't explain, they're not going to."

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