Judge upholds California sanctuary state law

Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge in Sacramento has upheld California’s law shielding immigrants in the country without legal documentation. 

Both on Thursday when he denied a federal motion to block the California law and in his new ruling dismissing the lawsuit, District Court Judge John Mendez found California did not violate the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

The “sanctuary state” law passed last year restricts local and state law enforcement communication with the federal government about undocumented immigrants, but Mendez said not helping the federal government is not the same as impeding it.

The judge also dismissed claims against two other laws—one that instructs the state Attorney General to inspect immigrant detention facilities and one requiring that employers notify workers about visits from immigration agents.

The court case will continue though over another California provision that would fine employers for assisting immigration agents without a warrant.