The Trump administration sent out a request to block California’s sanctuary laws, but a federal judge on Thursday rejected the request, slamming the Justice Department’s efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary states and cities.
In a court order, U.S. District Judge John Mendez decided to deny the administration’s request, saying that the courts were “no place for politics” and that stating this opinion would “neither define nor solve” immigration in the U.S.
“There is no place for politics in our judicial system and this one opinion will neither define nor solve the complicated immigration issues currently facing our Nation,” Mendez wrote.
The Trump administration has argued that the laws in California have blocked federal efforts to enforce immigration policies. But Mendez shut down that argument.
“The laws make enforcement more burdensome than it would be if state and local law enforcement provided immigration officers with their assistance,” he wrote. “But refusing to help is not the same as impeding.”