S.C. attorney general joins lawsuit against California sanctuary cities

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina is joining a group of states in a fight against California and its sanctuary cities policy.

Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday the state is filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Trump Administration's lawsuit against California over state laws that intentionally obstruct the federal government's ability to enforce the nation's immigration law.

"I've spent my career fighting to uphold the rule of law while California's sanctuary cities policy thumbs its nose at the rule of law," Wilson said. "States cannot be allowed to ignore federal laws they don't like, especially when doing so puts public safety at risk."

In the brief, the attorneys general highlight a 2012 case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot stand in the way of federal agents following federal immigration law. In that case (Arizona v. United States), the state of California supported enforcement of federal immigration law.

Wilson joined the friend-of-the-court brief by the attorneys general of Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Governor Phil Bryant of the State of Mississippi, and Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine.

South Carolina lawmakers are considering bills that would require cities and counties to submit annual reports confirming that they are following federal immigration laws.

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