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United States of America v. State of California

Status: Ongoing
Last Update: May 14, 2018

What's at Stake

In March 2017, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit challenging California’s sanctuary laws. The American Civil Liberties Union and co-counsel have moved to intervene in the case to defend the California Values Act, which limits California’s participation in the deportation dragnet.

The ACLU is representing two California-based organizations—the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights—whose members include thousands of immigrants and hundreds of domestic violence service providers across the state.

The Values Act ensures that immigrants and their communities can safely access police protection and other public services, without worrying that their families will be torn apart. It directs local police to prioritize local needs over the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. As the ACLU’s brief explains, the Tenth Amendment and federal law guarantee California and other jurisdictions the choice of whether to participate in federal deportation programs.

The judge will hold a hearing on June 20, 2018. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is co-counsel with the ACLU of California, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus.

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