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[California A.G.] – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against Arizona’s illegal immigration legislation.

The brief argues that decisions about who to remove from the United States and when to remove them are exclusively the prerogative of the federal government. States may not adopt a competing policy, as Arizona has done.

“Although Arizona claims that the law merely assists the federal government in the enforcement of federal law, the Arizona law in fact implements a distinct state policy on removal that supplants federally mandated enforcement priorities and disregards the federal requirement that state assistance in this area proceed under federal oversight,” the amicus brief states.

Attorney General Harris, joined by 10 other attorneys general, argued in a brief filed yesterday in the U.S. Supreme Court that it is in states’ interest to have a cohesive federal immigration policy. Oral arguments will be on April 25.

California has the largest undocumented immigrant population of any state, 2.5 million (6.8 percent), according to a 2011 report from the Pew Hispanic Center. California also has the largest percentage (9.7 percent) of undocumented immigrants in its labor force at 1.85 million.

California law has long provided basic protections for all California residents who comply with state law, while respecting the right of the federal government to enforce federal deportation policies. For example, California law expressly guarantees the same protection, rights and remedies, except those prohibited by federal law, to all who have applied for employment or who have been employed. California also allows students who are not legal residents to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

These laws focus on the health and welfare of California’s undocumented immigrants, but keep the federal government in charge of who can stay in the country.

California was joined in this amicus brief by New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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  1. Gene Ralno says:

    Good grief. You’d think Kamala would already have her hands full of illegal aliens without seeking more from Arizona. I wonder if she wants to be a movie star.

  2. Dave Francis says:

    It is time to do what’s right for 20 million of Americans jobless, instead of Sanctuary California and many of the other 50 states pandering to the illegal alien invasion from across the world? By Beginning with a Congressional enactment of national mandatory E-Verify law, which will release hundreds of thousands of good jobs, as a result illegal aliens fleeing home because work is no longer available. Rhode Island Governor Chafee has joined a bunch of other states, to try and rescind Arizonans immigration enforcement laws, because thousands would venture into states with less policing enforcement and would perpetrating more ID fraud and gaining access to their public assistance programs. So these scheming politicians on all levels of government should be justifiably voted out of office that is catering to foreign nationals.

    By unseating these un-American politicians it will make room for Constitutional Tea Party fresh faced lawmakers, who are not part of the elite Democratic or Republican Hierarchy. They will promote tough legislation in the Senate and House for the removal of Pro-illegal immigrant laws, and thereby rescinding Sanctuary city ordinances, chain migration of families, Dream Act laws that are giving illegal aliens more rights than US citizens. With a $113 billion dollars price tag and rising for welfare for illegal aliens, this really is a serious flaw in our constitutional system of government. You can read about the terrible consequence of not securing our borders, which is attracting millions of more impoverished people for free welfare at NUMBERSUSA. http://www.numbersusa.com/ We must insure that our established Congress no longer encumbers the further removal of overwhelming numbers of invaders, which has multiplied throughout this sovereign nation.

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