Another View: Federal immigration failure led to state sanctuary laws

Defiance, resistance: The front lines of California's war against the Trump administration

Defiance, resistance: The front lines of California's war against the Trump administration

It stems from our federal leaders' complete failure to reach desperately needed compromise on workable immigration reform.

Williams told the Associated Press in advance of the White House confab that he's hopeful U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions cracks down on cities that won't get involved in immigration enforcement.

Zhu's wife, who has asked BACE to help keep their family united, said her husband had been working in a local restaurant as an undocumented immigrant since he came to NY 17 years ago, and he had no criminal record. It's those heartless sweeps that California sanctuary laws aim to stop while working within the confines of existing federal law.

Sessions received a polite if not warm reception from law enforcement officials, even when he told them his goal was to make their jobs safer. Unfortunately, the attorney general ignores the critical need to build trust between police and immigrant communities, whether their members are here legally or not. Police departments can maintain custody of the individual for up to 48 hours - weekends not included - for ICE agents to come pick up the person. Colorado lawmakers who disagree point out that the U.S. Constitution forbids local cops from enforcing federal laws.

"How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into believing that all undocumented residents are unsafe criminals?" she told reporters. That is, they are sanctuary cities that should be punished. In fact, a 2017 study by University of California, San Diego, professor Tom Wong concluded just the opposite. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it will increase its presence in California, and Sessions wants to cut off funding to jurisdictions that won't co-operate.

Williams says he advocated for similar action against cities and officials for policies that protect such immigrants.

California passed sanctuary laws in response to Trump's promises to sharply ramp up the deportation of people in the USA illegally. "Which is very serious", said Ardiaz.

The report also outlined five separate federal programs or policies from the past decade that appear to "remedy the illegalities of the detainer program", but do nothing to limit legal liabilities for local law enforcement agencies. Ardiaz says there is only one way for California to win their argument in court and that is to prove that their laws do not violate federal immigration law.

Williams, the Colorado lawmaker who is of Hispanic heritage, has introduced state legislation to make city and law enforcement officials liable for crimes committed by immigrants in the US illegally.

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