CA Showdown: Orange County Could Sue to Block 'Unconstitutional' Sanctuary Law
Orange County, California, Supervisor Shawn Nelson is pushing back against his state's sanctuary law.
Nelson, who's running for Congress in California's 39th District, wants to opt out of the California Values Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents.
On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Nelson said he hopes Orange County will join a lawsuit the Justice Department has filed against California claiming recently-passed state laws are deliberately interfering with federal immigration enforcement.
"It is unconstitutional," Nelson said. "I realize there are a lot of states that don't care to live by certain rules in federal government or the Constitution if they disagree with [them]. Last I checked, it's not optional, even if you don't like the outcome. And it puts our law enforcement personnel in a very awkward spot."
"California has decided to poke the president and his administration in the eye. And I'd rather they just not involve us."
Nelson also weighed in on the news that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will sue the Trump administration over its decision to ask 2020 census respondents if they are citizens of the United States.
#BREAKING: Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump's Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal: https://t.co/vW8sa7khq9
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018
"I don't know how it's illegal for a federal agency like the census bureau to ask questions," Nelson said. "I'm sure that the attorney general is afraid of the answer, because they like to pretend that everyone here is entitled to certain government carve-outs and benefits. And, of course, non-citizens aren't entitled to a lot of benefits."