Trump Cannot Legally Force Sanctuary Cities to Enforce His Deportation Plans

Trump Cannot Legally Force Sanctuary Cities to Enforce His Deportation Plans

Two professors from the University of California at Irvine School of Law recently published an opinion in the Washington Post concerning the stance of so-called sanctuary cities in response to Donald Trump’s vow to deport two to three million immigrants when he takes office as President. Many sanctuary cities already have stated their intention to continue to provide sanctuary for immigrants, despite Trump’s plans. However, Trump has not only threatened to force local and state governments to comply with his immigration policies, but he now has issued an executive order withholding federal funds for those sanctuary communities who choose to defy him. According to these legal scholars, sanctuary policies are a legally valid exercise of power by state and local governments with respect to the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens. Some governments have a moral objection to federal deportation policies, whereas other governments maintain sanctuary policies in order to preserve police-community relations, promote safer neighborhoods, and allow all residents to feel safe accessing basic governmental services. Governments also have an interest in preventing what they view as racial profiling, civil liberties violations, and interference with the educational missions of schools and universities. Nonetheless, the 10 th Amendment safeguards the rights of state and local governments to operate as they see fit, without the federal government interfering and insisting that they enforce federal policies on its behalf. As a result, these professors believe than any attempt by the federal government to force state and local governments to enforce and uphold its immigration policies would be immediately struck down by courts as unconstitutional and violative of the 10 th Amendment. The skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. Whether an individual is able to obtain protection from a sanctuary city or not, he or she still is constantly at risk for deportation by the U.S. government. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.
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