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DACA Roundtable: Fight is Not Over Discussion for What Lies Ahead

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) hosted an upcoming Webinar for a Virtual Roundtable Discussion about the road ahead in the fight for equality in the latest development on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The U.S. Supreme Court is letting stand a California sanctuary law that restricts local police from helping federal authorities round up and deport people who are in the country without legal status.

“Nothing in federal law precludes states from defining the circumstances under which state and local officials may use state resources to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued in court papers.

The justices left intact a federal appeals court decision that upheld the central part of the 2017 California law. The administration argued in its unsuccessful appeal that the measure undermines deportation efforts, violating federal immigration law and the Constitution.

Whether provisions of California law that, with certain limited exceptions, prohibit state law-enforcement officials from providing federal immigration authorities with release dates and other information about individuals subject to federal immigration enforcement, and restrict the transfer of aliens in state custody to federal immigration custody, are preempted by federal law or barred by intergovernmental immunity.

The California law “makes it more difficult for federal officers to identify, apprehend, detain, and remove aliens under the procedures specified by Congress,” U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued. “The result is that more removable aliens — often with criminal records — are released into the community.”

The state law bars local officials from holding an immigrant at the request of federal officials or telling those authorities when an immigrant is about to be released from jail. It makes exceptions for serious criminal cases and those involving a judicial order.

The arguments against California that has been one of his chief courtroom antagonists. The Trump administration challenged a decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The justices deliberated for months over whether to hear the appeal. During that time, President Donald Trump suggested he would use coronavirus relief funds to pressure states into giving up their sanctuary-city policies.

In the California case, the 9th Circuit said federal immigration law doesn’t require state authorities to actively assist with deportation efforts. California urged the Supreme Court not to hear the dispute, saying the lower court reached the right decision.

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