Gov. Brown: California May Sue Trump Administration Over 'Sanctuary Cities' Funding Cut

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

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While the Democratic governor generally declines to weigh in on pending legislation, his remarks about Senate Bill 54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, come amid an anticipated legal clash over sanctuary policy with the Trump administration.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department repeated a threat to withhold federal grant money to cities that actively try to subvert the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.

Attorney General Becerra is leading a coalition of 300 cities, 18 counties, and the State of California that intend to sue the Trump Administration over U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plan to begin cutting off funding to jurisdictions tagged by the U.S. Justice Department as "sanctuary cities" that harbor illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Brown said that the decision would ultimately be up to the Golden State's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, but noted that "politicians talking past one another" had failed to resolve the issue. California was allocated almost $18 million under that program in 2017.

"If the law is ambiguous, we can often clarify it by litigation", Brown said. The measure cleared the Senate and is awaiting action in the Assembly when lawmakers return August 21.

The Trump Administration is seeking broader authority with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently passing Kate's Law, which would increase maximum penalties for criminal aliens who attempt to re-enter the country, and H.R. 3003, which would cut funding to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws.

"Because you do have people who are not here legally, they've committed crimes".

"And we want to make sure we help them to the extent that the law of California can coexist with the law of the United States".

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