Will Court Sports Betting Decision Weaken Feds' Fight Against Sanctuary Cities?

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

President Trump will meet with over a dozen California local officials Wednesday afternoon in the Cabinet Room of the White House to discuss sanctuary city policies and the growing backlash for such policies in the state of California.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In President Donald Trump's former life as a casino owner, he might have cheered Monday's ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events.

President Trump blasted California's sanctuary state law for providing safe haven for illegal immigrant drug dealers, gang members, and "some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth", pledging to redouble his administration's efforts to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

The federal anti-gambling law is unconstitutional because "it unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", said Justice Samuel Alito.

The roundtable featured a number of California Republican lawmakers and law enforcement officials who have pushed back against the state's sanctuary laws which limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

He also said three of the people ICE could not locate the day of the raid have since reoffended, with one of them arrested for robbery and multiple weapons violations. "A local ordinance is preempted by state law, and therefore invalid, when it 'duplicates, contradicts or enters an area fully occupied by general law, either expressly or by legislative implication"'.

"The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured", Trump said.

According to Fox 11, jurisdictions that have either filed amicus briefs supporting the federal lawsuit or who have joined it include Newport Beach, Orange, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda.

"I think it is heartless".

"We need help Mr. President", San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz said.

Trump assured Edgar that "we're with you 100 percent" and said "if it's at all possible" he would like to help the city fight the lawsuit.

Trump did not give specifics about the case.

During the session, Mr. Trump suggested that the mayor of Oakland, Calif., should be charged with obstruction of justice for warning her constituents in February of an impending large-scale immigration raid and arrests. Authorities said hundreds of criminal illegal immigrants escaped capture as a result. "We're gonna take care of them, we're gonna get it done", he said. "I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland".

Trump has been a frequent critic of both Schaaf and Gov.

The topic is immigration and California's resistance to the Trump administration's hard-line policies.

In March, Trump said he stood in "solidarity" with those pushing back against the state's sanctuary policies claiming the laws "release known risky criminals into communities across the state".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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