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News Posted on April 28, 2017

Dean Johnson Publishes Op-ed on District Court ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Decision in Daily Journal

Dean Kevin R. Johnson published an op-ed in the Daily Journal regarding a district court decision blocking implementation of President Trump’s executive order that would have barred federal funding for “sanctuary cities” that failed to fully cooperate with the government’s immigration enforcement program.

The order was opposed by the city and county of San Francisco and Santa Clara County on the grounds that it runs afoul of the separation of powers between Congress and the executive branch, infringes on state sovereignty, and violates the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. The federal government “effectively conceded the unconstitutionality of its effort to strong-arm state and local governments into fully cooperating with the administration’s extreme immigration enforcement agenda,” Dean Johnson writes.

It was a “relatively easy” case for the district court to decide, Dean Johnson writes, “given the Trump administration’s failure to carefully draft a detailed order that seeks to comply with the law.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.