Nevada has signed on in support of the federal government’s challenge to three so-called “sanctuary” laws in California, Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced Tuesday.
Laxalt joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the laws, officials with his office said in a news release.
The Trump administration’s lawsuit contends that the California laws passed last year to protect undocumented immigrants against deportation violate the U.S. Constitution.
“California’s sanctuary policies are not just unconstitutional — they put neighboring states like Nevada at risk by making it easier for those not lawfully in this country and with violent criminal histories to evade law enforcement and travel out of state,” Laxalt, who also is the Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement.
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