California and San Francisco Sue DOJ Over Sanctuary Cities

The State of California and the City of San Francisco have filed separate lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Trump administration’s plans to withhold federal public safety grant funding from cities and counties that do not comply with new sanctuary city policies. They join the City of Chicago, who filed a lawsuit against DOJ last week for the same reason. In a statement to The New York Times, the state attorney general Xavier Becerra said that it isn’t fair for the federal government to reduce local funding for crime-fighting resources and use that as a tactic to force cooperation with federal immigration agents. He said that states and local governments are “in the best position to determine how best to enforce the law and keep our people safe.”

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