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California's attorney general joins the fight against President Trump's 'sanctuary city' order

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, pictured last month, filed a court brief Wednesday challenging a Trump administration order on immigration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, pictured last month, filed a court brief Wednesday challenging a Trump administration order on immigration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra led a group of 10 states Wednesday in filing an court brief supporting San Francisco and other California communities that challenged President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

After the local governments won a preliminary injunction against the order, the Trump administration asked the courts to dismiss the cities’ lawsuit.

The brief filed by Becerra argues that public safety is improved when local law enforcement agencies focus on crime prevention instead of helping federal authorities enforce immigration laws.

 “The Trump Administration does not have the right to coerce states, counties or municipalities to do the federal government's job,” Becerra said in a statement. “California’s state and local law enforcement officials are in the business of public safety, not of deportation. Threatening public safety funding to compel localities to do immigration work is a dangerous game that undermines public safety.”

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