The Federal Government Sues California

March 16, 2018

What happens when you defy your parents? We’re going to take a not-so-wild guess and say that you get in trouble—maybe you get a timeout? But what if you defy your parents because you think you’re doing the right thing? Would you still get in trouble? Now, before you go challenging your parents, let us explain!

When Donald Trump became President of the United States, one of the first things he focused on was immigration. He proposed building a wall to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the US–Mexico border. He signed an executive order banning people from certain Middle Eastern countries from entering the US—this order was later deemed unconstitutional by several courts. He revoked DACA, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was ordered to deport any illegal immigrants, criminals or not. Although some think if you came to the United States illegally, you should be required to leave, others find these tactics unfair and even anti-American.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … “

After all, at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, a plaque reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … ” 

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why some states have defied President Trump and his mass crackdown on illegal immigration. California is one of these states. Last year, California passed a bill that would limit state law enforcement officers from cooperating with ICE, becoming one of the first “sanctuary states.” The idea that California is making it harder for the federal government to deport illegal immigrants is not sitting well with—you guessed it—the federal government. As a result, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the US Justice Department are suing the state of California for obstruction of justice and harming public safety. California disagrees and says it is not breaking any federal laws and continues to keep people safe.

What do you think? Is California defying the federal government, and if so, are they doing the right thing?