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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear California Sanctuary Law Challenge

Posted Jun 16, 2020

The United States Supreme Court has declined to review United States v. California, upholding California’s “sanctuary” law. The state law largely forbids local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal action and agents to identify and deport undocumented immigrants, unless the immigrants have been convicted of violent or serious crimes. The decision originated in 2019 with the U.S. District Court, whose finding that the law was valid was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in his brief  to the Supreme Court, argued that the law is “consistent with the longstanding principle that the Constitution allows states to decline to use their own resources to carry out federal regulatory programs.” See SCOTUSblog, New York Times, AP News.