Letters to the Editor, March 15
Sessions vs. California
It is ironic that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a lifelong supporter of states’ rights, is suing the state of California for exercising its state’s rights. At issue are SB 54, AB 450, and AB 103.
The first prohibits state and local officials from sharing information with immigration authorities under certain circumstances and also bars transfers of certain immigrants to federal custody. AB 450 prohibits private employers from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement at the workplace. AB 103 seeks to regulate contract detention facilities used to hold federal immigration prisoners.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution states simply that “The Congress shall have Power To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”
Sessions’s argument is based on Article VI, Clause 2: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
“We’re following the Constitution and federal law,” California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in response to the lawsuit. “We recognize and respect that the federal government has authority over immigration enforcement.” The crux is that California will not help ICE enforce federal law.