A three-member panel of the 9th Court of Appeal unanimously ruled Thursday that most of California's three protected areas restricting its cooperation with federal immigration authorities can continue to be enforced, rejecting much of the Trump administration's lawsuit. 19659002] The judges refused to block the most controversial bill, Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police officers and sheriff officials from notifying immigration authorities when immigrants are released from prison. In the statement, Judge Milan D. Smith Jr .: "We have no doubt that the jobs of the federal immigration authorities are becoming more difficult." He added, however, that the law "is not in direct conflict with any obligations" imposed by federal law on state or local governments, "because the federal law does not require government action."
The court also upheld a Californian law, Assembly Bill 450, that employers are required to notify employees of impending federal immigration examinations, the results of which are shared with employees who may not be allowed to work in the United States. Judge Smith, who was nominated for the Bundesbank by George W. Bush, ruled that state law was "imposed by law on no additional or contrary obligations undermining or disrupting the activities of federal immigration authorities."
The court has blocked part of Assembly Bill 1
"Only the p provisions that only impose an additional economic burden on the federal government are invalid," wrote Judge Smith.
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. The US Department of Justice sued California for its sanctuary laws in March 2018, with then Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it impeded cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies and prevented the government from enforcing the federal immigration law. US District Judge John Mendez has challenged the federal government's request to Senate 54, Assembly Bill 103 and part of Assembly Bill 450, but rejected a provision of the latter bill that fines private employers who voluntarily visit immigration agencies Allow workplaces.  The California authorities said immigration laws promote trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has repeatedly sued the Trump government for immigration and environmental decisions, said the states' rights continue to thrive. "
" We continue to prove that the rule of law In California, not just standing for something, but that people can not act outside of it, "Becerra said in a statement.
Adam Shaw and The Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.