California Governor Jerry Brown is not afraid to stand up to Donald Trump for the sake of what’s right. That’s why on Saturday he endorsed the idea of his state taking the Trump administration to federal court over its threat to “sanctuary cities.”
Trump and his administration are threatening to pull funding for law enforcement in sanctuary cities unless they comply in the call for stricter immigration enforcement.
Brown doesn’t have the authority to take the state to court with the Trump administration, that’s up to the state’s attorney general, but he said during an interview that “it might just be very helpful to get into court and resolve this in a judicial forum rather than in the rhetoric of politicians talking past one another.”
“A few judicious forums to resolve this dispute between the federal government and California – I think – can be very helpful for the whole country, and in a dispassionate way,” Brown told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” according to excerpts of the interview.
“Because this back and forth by politicians, it doesn’t really clarify some of the difficulties of the paramount law of the federal government colliding with the sovereign law of the 50 states,” he added.
According to a Sacramento Bee report, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has been eyeing the idea.
According to the Bee’s report, California is worried that a program that brought in nearly $17 million to the state in fiscal year 2017 could be cut off.