The Latest: Protesters rally ahead of immigration hearing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing in the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California to block three states laws that protect immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

More than a hundred people are protesting Trump administration immigration policies outside a U.S. courthouse in Sacramento ahead of a hearing on an immigration lawsuit the administration filed against California.

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.

Protesters held signs with slogans that read “Keep Families Together” and “Family Separation is UnAmerican” and led the crowd in chants against the administration’s travel ban and plans for a border wall.

The administration’s lawsuit against California says the three 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.

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11:30 p.m.

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.

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