Republican gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen on Tuesday urged President Trump and U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to sue California over the state’s immigration policies.
"The California legal system is broken, the California political system is broken. That’s why we truly need Washington to hear this message and come to California, sue California, take them to Supreme Court, and let's get the Constitution enforced because there’s a lot of Californians here that want to be protected," Allen, a state assemblyman from Huntington Beach, said in an interview on Fox News. “Until we get a new governor in the state … we could actually use some help from the national guys.”
Allen made the remarks during a discussion about California’s new “sanctuary state” status on an episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The legislation limits who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. The law was part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield immigrants living illegally in the state from President Trump’s expanded immigration enforcement orders.
Carlson argued that California does not have the right to set immigration policy and equated Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the bill in October, with former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who fought with the federal government over school segregation.
Allen called the sanctuary state legislation unconstitutional and urged Republicans in Washington to act.
“It’s up to the president and Jeff Sessions to step in and call the bluff of Jerry Brown and all the California Democrats that are passing these unconstitutional laws,” he said.