City of Los Angeles v. Sessions
The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, in which Los Angeles is suing to protect its extreme sanctuary policies.
In various ways, Attorney General Sessions has made a given city’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement a factor in his decision whether to award that city federal grants. Los Angeles claims this factor is unfair, since it does not wish to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, and the factor puts it on an uneven playing field with cities who do cooperate.
In fact, as IRLI discovered, Los Angeles goes far beyond neutral noncooperation. In an executive order IRLI found in the files of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), of which IRLI is a supporting organization, the Mayor of Los Angeles forbids city officials from giving any assistance whatsoever to federal immigration agents. The mayor goes so far as to forbid city officials from providing information on release dates of illegal alien inmates when asked, or letting federal agents into city jails to interview such inmates and assume federal custody in a controlled and safe environment. Such extreme noncooperation, IRLI argues, crosses the line into interfering with federal agents in the performance of their duty to enforce federal law, and thus violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.