Judge rejects Trump administration lawsuits blocking 2 California sanctuary laws

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 7/10/2018 | Leslie Eastman
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A federal judge has just dismissed the federal government’s claim that U.S. law overrules two of California’s “Sanctuary State” laws.

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez approved California’s motion to throw out the lawsuit related to two of those measures: Senate Bill 54, the sanctuary state law, and Assembly Bill 103, which allows the state attorney general to inspect detention facilities.

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Mendez also rejected the Trump administration’s lawsuit against a portion of Assembly Bill 450 that forces companies to inform workers within 72 hours of any federal requests to inspect employment records….

…”Today’s decision is a victory for our state’s ability to safeguard the privacy, safety, and constitutional rights of all our people,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Though the Trump administration may continue to attack a state like California and its ability to make its own laws, we will continue to protect our constitutional authority to protect our residents and the rule of law.”

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However, the judge did permit the case against a portion of Assembly Bill 450 to proceed.

…Mendez did say the federal government is likely to succeed in its challenge to parts of one law, AB 450, which attempted to bar voluntary cooperation between employers and immigration officials. The judge said the state cannot bar a business from voluntarily granting access to private worksite areas, nor can it stop employers from re-verifying a worker’s employment status or restrict their decision to voluntarily provide access to certain employee records.

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Mendez did uphold a requirement in AB 450 that employers give their workers notice of an upcoming inspection of their eligibility documents.

“This court finds that AB 103, SB 54, and the employee notice provision of AB 450 are permissible exercises of California’s sovereign power,”...
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