SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After repeatedly suing the Trump administration over US immigration policies, California will find itself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending protections for people in the country illegally against a court challenge by the federal government.
US Judge John Mendez in Sacramento will hear arguments from attorneys for the state and the US Justice Department about a federal request to block three California laws. He was not expected to rule immediately.
One of the laws requires the state to review detention facilities where immigrants are held. Another bars law enforcement from providing release dates and personal information of people in jail, and the third bars employers from allowing immigration officials on their premises unless the officials have a warrant.
The laws, two of which went into effect in January, follow President Donald Trumps promises to ramp up deportations. The administration has tried to crack down on so-called sanctuary jurisdictions by restricting funding if they refuse to help federal agents detain and deport immigrants.
California, which this year became the second sanctuary state, has resisted that move. The state has filed more than 50 lawsuits against the Trump administration, mostly over immigration and environme...