Judge not supportive of federal immigration challenge

It is no surprise to anyone who lives in Arizona that immigration continues to be a primary topic in the region. The challenges surrounding immigration and immigration laws have been particularly heated under the current presidential administration. In fact, Police One reports that the administration has initiated three lawsuits against neighboring California regarding immigration. 

The disputes between the federal government and the state of California cover many topics but may center around the federal wish for law enforcement officials in the state to help immigration officers. A case in the matter actually went before the U.S. Court of Appeals recently. The U.S. government wanted those in California to provide dates that inmates would be released from jail or prison as well as identifying personal information. The state has banned this type of cooperation.

Some at first may have thought that the judge in the matter was sympathetic with the federal government's position. However, it appears that the judge in the end was not convinced that there was anyhing that could be deemed illegal. The judge indicated an awareness that the state approach might make it harder for the federal officers to do their jobs but then said that was not illegal.

In essence, the judge made a delineation between consciously interfering with federal immigration officials' work and actively assisting them. The judge found that the California law did neither of those things. The U.S. Justice Department was not in agreement with the decision but it is unclear what may happen next.


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