California to defend immigration laws against Trump
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will find itself in an unusual position when it’s forced to defend its immigration policies against a lawsuit by the Trump administration.
It’s normally the other way around: The state has sued the administration more than half a dozen times over its immigration decisions.
U.S. Judge John Mendez in Sacramento will hear arguments Wednesday from attorneys for California and the U.S. Justice Department about a federal request to block three California laws that extend protections to people in the country illegally.
He’s not expected to rule immediately.
The lawsuit says California’s laws obstruct immigration enforcement efforts and allow dangerous criminals on the street.
California officials say their sanctuary policies promote trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.