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By Nick Cahill
SACRAMENTO – (CN) – In the clash between the Trump administration and California over immigration laws, a federal judge on Thursday upheld a signature piece of California’s policy requiring law enforcement to limit cooperation with federal immigration agents.

In a case flush with states’ rights implications, a federal judge denied the federal government’s motion to preliminarily freeze Senate Bill 54, a bill often referred to as the Sanctuary State Law.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims the 2017 bill and two others were created specifically to impede and delay federal immigration operations in the Golden State. He sued the state in March seeking to gut the policies.

“The court disagrees and instead finds that California’s decision not to assist federal immigration enforcement in its endeavors is not an ‘obstacle’ to that enforcement effort,” U.S. District Judge John Mendez, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in a 60-page ruling. “Standing aside does not equate to standing in the way.”

Mendez upheld SB 54 and AB 103, which requires inspections of state detention facilities that contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He did however halt sections of Assembly Bill 450 which bars California employers from allowing ICE to inspect their property without a warrant.

The ruling comes two weeks after a nearly six-hour hearing on the Trump administration’s motion for preliminary injunction in downtown Sacramento.

Attorneys for the federal government said the trio of pro-immigration laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. More than a dozen Republican-led states submitted briefs in favor the lawsuit.

“The laws completely frustrate the federal immigration system,” argued Chad Readler, Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General. “The point of the laws was to obstruct.”

In his order, Mendez cautioned that “long-term” solutions to the country’s immigration crisis won’t come from “piecemeal opinions” from federal judges. He urged the administration and Congress to move past partisan politics and come up with a legislative fix.

“Our nation deserves it. Our Constitution demands it,” he concluded.

The ruling is a critical victory for Gov. Brown and the state’s Democratic leadership, who dubbed the three laws the California Values Act. State Democrats have accused the president of pushing a racist agenda and of fear mongering. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sued the federal government 36 times since Trump took office in January 2017.

Sessions ventured to Sacramento in March to drum up support for the lawsuit, just one day after suing Brown and Becerra. He ripped the recently passed laws and promised ICE would continue deporting undocumented Californians in a 21-minute speech.

“We are going to fight these irrational, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you and our federal officers,” the former Republican senator from Alabama promised a room full of California law enforcement officials. “I’m going to use every power I have to stop [the new laws.]”

In court, Sessions’ attorneys said federal immigration policy pre-empts each of the laws and accused California of interfering with public safety. They painted the Sanctuary State Law as a “blanket policy” intended to melt ICE operations.

California countered that the laws were crafted in concert with federal laws and that they do allow for cooperation with ICE, just under specific scenarios.

For example, state and local law enforcement agents can turn over detainees that have committed violent crimes and employers can allow ICE onto their property as long as the agents get a court order.

The judge acknowledged the difficulty in determining a balance between the “twin powers of California and the United States,” but largely sided with the Golden State.

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

The federal government is expected to appeal Thursday’s ruling.

Mendez, born in Oakland, played baseball at Stanford University in the 1970s before graduating from Harvard Law School. Prior to the federal bench, he was a Sacramento Superior Court Judge from 2001 to 2008.

During oral arguments, the judge said he was aware of the high probability that his decision would be appealed to the Ninth Circuit and potentially the U.S. Supreme Court. He promised the parties a comprehensive written record, devoid of partisan politics.

“We’re the first stop, it will wind through the courts,” Mendez said last month.

Neither party immediately responded to a request for comment on the decision.

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48 Comments

  1. California is a joke.

  2. Robert Nixon Robert Nixon says:

    A sad day for us here in California that support our president

  3. All the racist mad asf 😂😂

  4. GET THESE LIBERAL “DUMB-A-CRATS OUT OF OFFICE !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lina Boulos Lina Boulos says:

    Yes Cali 👍👌🏻

  6. KJ Slo KJ Slo says:

    It was a “Request!” The Sanctuary Status in California is Illegal under Federal Law! Fake News.

  7. Let me guess 9th district court. The most over turned district. Liberal Judges making policy not upholding the law

  8. This state is a lawless state…the politicians and the courts dont follow the laws and tie the hands of law enforcement to follow the laws.. .and the people in this state are following the lawlessness of the politicians defying laws committing crimes with little to no punishment and the law abiding citizens are the ones being punished by living in fear….its like living in the upside down in this state.

  9. Yes Cali ✌️👍🏼🤛🏼

  10. Bart Joseph Bart Joseph says:

    What a reputable source…

  11. Of course it would. Just a bunch

  12. Dianna Reoyo Dianna Reoyo says:

    Can’ wait for the break up of the states I hate being associated with those idiots that want illegals, yet not one of them provide housing,food, electricity and water payments the day they break the law by sneaking in the country!

  13. Wong Bea Wong Bea says:

    All those so called religious people are such a racists. …bravo California follow your own rules ..

  14. Rudy Ten Rudy Ten says:

    I am proud of California, For those of you that do not like my beautiful state, MOVE OUT, Kentucky wants you. lol XOXO

  15. Pamela Leon Pamela Leon says:

    No laws here !
    🤷🏼‍♀️😖😖

  16. mellie says:

    THAT figures.

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