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California Bill to Protect Immigrants From ICE in Court

California lawmakers have passed a bill to protect immigrants from questions about their legal status in court.

If signed by the governor, it will become the first of its kind in the nation. Gov. Jerry Brown, who has already made strident efforts to protect immigrants, is expected to sign the proposed law and make it effective immediately.

The latest bill is another line in the sand between President Trump and states that have offered sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. In the Golden State, the real border wall is starting to look like an impasse between the White House and the State Capitol.

The city of Los Alamitos, located in Orange County, is facing a lawsuit over a recently enacted ordinance permitting the city residents and officials to disregard the state of California's recently passed sanctuary state law.

In short, in response to the California Values Act, also known as SB54, or the sanctuary state law, the city of Los Alamitos passed a law exempting itself from the law. But, in response to the Los Alamitos law, concerned residents, through the ACLU and other groups, filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the city's law from taking effect.

Sanctuary Cities Case: Sessions v. California Lawyers

In President Trump's war on immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions may go down in history as his greatest weapon.

One day, Trump is calling the attorney general a cartoon character. The next, Trump's main lawyer is calling out California for frustrating the president's policy.

If it comes down to a contest between White House lawyers and California lawyers, you might want to lay down your bets soon. Sessions, and Trump for that matter, might not make it to the playoffs.

L.A. to Join Sanctuary City Lawsuit

Los Angeles has filed in federal court to join a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for threatening to withhold law enforcement funds from sanctuary cities.

If approved, L.A. will become the third major city to sue the government over the sanctuary city controversy. San Francisco and Chicago sued after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the DOJ would cut off grants to cities that do not cooperate with the Trump Administration's campaign against illegal immigrants.

"This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety," Sessions said. "So it's this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars."

California's Court of Appeal for the First District issued a ruling reversing a family court judgment terminating support to an immigrant spouse. Specifically, the court was forced to decide whether the I-864 affidavit of a spouse to their immigrating spouse creates an agreement that can impact a subsequent spousal support order.

The Court of Appeals found that the I-864 affidavit promising support was enforceable in a proceeding over spousal support, and created a separate obligation apart from spousal support. Additionally, the court found that the beneficiary of the I-864 promise to support is not under any legal obligation to mitigate their damages. The court explained that this reflects the concept that an immigrant's sponsor should shoulder the burden of the immigrant, not society. The case is IN RE: the Marriage of ASHLYNE and VIKASH KUMAR.

Judge Keeps Injunction in Place on President's Order Against Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not help President Trump's case against sanctuary cities that is playing out in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, Sessions gave a speech claiming sanctuary cities have more violent crime on average than those cities that cooperate with the president's campaign against illegal immigrants. On Thursday, a federal judge refused to lift an injunction against the president's order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

"The fundamental problem I see is, as found in my initial order, Section 9 of the executive order is unconstitutional," Judge William Orrick III said, notwithstanding Session's latest memo on the order. "The attorney general's memo can't change that."

Will Sanctuary Laws Divide the Nation, Starting With California?

The California Senate passed a controversial sanctuary law, essentially directing local law enforcement not to report illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

The sanctuary law, which is headed to the Assembly and then the governor's desk for signature, may become the first statewide sanctuary law in the nation. In California, it would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, detain, report or arrest people for immigration violations.

According to many news reports, more states are likely to follow. Law enforcement officials, who are caught in the middle, are not sure what to do.

"The federal government is going to have to step in and decide if this is worth a lawsuit, because I am not sure what we can do," said Donny Youngblood, the sheriff in Kern County and the president of the California State Sheriffs' Association. "All we are doing is providing information to the federal government so that they can do their job.

Deported Immigrants Will Get Due Process, Feds Foot the Bill

Immigrants who suffered mental disabilities and were forced to leave the United States will finally have their day in court -- with competent representation.

A Federal judge sitting in Los Angeles, Hon. Dolly Gee, approved a settlement that would allow hundreds of deported immigrants suffering from severe mental disabilities to return to the United States to contest their deportation with the aid of the ACLU. The nearly 900 plaintiffs brought a class action suit against against Eric Holder in 2011; and the ruling comes to them as a victory.

If you're facing minor drug charges in California, your outcome may be fairly predictable. The pattern typically goes something like this: get busted, plead guilty and undergo drug treatment. If successful, your charges will be dropped.

Except if you're a noncitizen. Pleading guilty to a drug charge could trigger your deportation. Even if the state wipes away your minor drug conviction, federal immigration law does not forget it. A proposed California law is seeking to change that, however, offering relief to noncitizens charged with minor drug crimes.

Calif. State Senator Wants Prop 187's Remnants Removed From Law

How many ridiculous, outdated, or otherwise unless laws remain on the books in any given state? Here in the golden-est of states, they may still be legion. But if California State Sen. Kevin de León is successful, the last vestiges of the one of the most troubling, Proposition 187, won't be one of them.