Federal Judges Skeptical of Challenge to California’s Sanctuary State Law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A U.S. appeals court appears inclined to allow enforcement of a California law that limits police cooperation with immigration officials.

The Trump administration has sued the state over that law and two other state laws that it says obstruct federal immigration efforts. The administration wants all three laws blocked.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Milan Smith said during a hearing on Wednesday that federal officials might find it frustrating that local authorities can’t help them take custody of people in the country illegally. But

Smith says he doesn’t see how that lack of cooperation is illegal.

Smith and another judge on the three-judge panel expressed concerns about another state law requiring inspections of facilities where immigrants are detained. The panel did not immediately issue a ruling.