Thursday, March 14, 2019
USA v. State of California
M. SMITH, WATFORD, HURWITZ
San Francisco CA
Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judges Milan Smith, Paul Watford, and Andrew Hurwitz) heard arguments on the Trump administration's appeal of the district court's July 4, 2018 ruling upholding the bulk of three California "sanctuary" laws. In March 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Sacramento to announce the U.S. government's challenge to the California laws. District Court Judge John Mendez declined to enjoin two of the three laws.
Nicholas Iovino for Courthouse News Service reported that "[b]iting remarks from three Ninth Circuit judges on Wednesday appeared to dash the Trump administration’s hopes of reversing a judge’s decision to uphold a California law that limits cooperation with federal immigration agents."