President Donald Trump’s administration sued California on Tuesday over its sanctuary state policies.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in Sacramento, targets three California laws that protect undocumented immigrants from federal agencies. The lawsuit names Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants.
AB 450, or the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, took effect in January and requires employers to ask for warrants when immigration agents try to access workers’ information. The act also requires employers to alert workers if they are being investigated and fines employers who break the law up to $10,000.
AB 103 created a state inspection program to review reports of abuse in federal immigration detention centers.
SB 54 prevents law enforcement officials from transferring undocumented prisoners into federal custody and notifying federal immigration agents about their release dates. Prisoners would face deportation if convicted of a variety of crimes, including aggravated felonies and crimes involving drugs or controlled substances.
The administration is arguing the laws are unconstitutional and said it may also sue other states that have similar laws.