Attorney General Becerra: California must put its foot down

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Dear Attorney General Becerra:

The United States is going through difficult times and the people of the state of California and the people of America are worried about what the Trump Administration is doing. We are noticing the disrespect and mistreatment that Trump is causing towards our Allies. Most of all, we are noticing Immigration enforcement separating families at the border and putting them in private prisons.

Just recently, immigration enforcement dropped off 200 immigration detainees with as much as 800 expected coming in soon. Most of all, Attorney General Jeff Session announced that Asylum will not be provided to victims of Gang violence and Domestic Violence. This is an issue which really puts our country's reputation in question because these undocumented immigrants are not criminals and only coming to America for a better life and for protection.

Not only that but I am sure you are aware that the Trump Administration lost track of 1,500 children that ICE separated from their parents at the border.

With all due respect Mr. Attorney General, this is an issue that is far more serious because it is involving people's lives being at risk. We as the people of America want the Trump Administration to be held accountable in Court.

The state of California has a legal right to make any decision regarding immigration. California and as well any other state have a state government that represents their people. We as the people of America want California to take the Trump Administration to court and fight for undocumented families and demand they be together.

According to the 14th amendment, under the Equal Protection Clause, No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Undocumented immigrants share these rights and the state may claim the benefit of the Equal Protection clause which provides that no state shall 'deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.' Whatever his status under immigration laws, an alien is a 'person' in any ordinary sense of the term ..the undocumented status of these children  and their parents does not establish a sufficient rational basis for denying benefits that the state affords other residents. Make it clear to this Administration that these are our borders. 

Lastly, there was a recent court case which was the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Zadvydas v. Davis (2001) that "due process" of the 14th Amendment applies to all aliens in the United States whose presence maybe or is "unlawful, involuntary or transitory. There have been three US Supreme Court cases that laid the 14th Amendment basis for the consistent ruling of the court that aliens, legal and illegal, have constitutional protection in criminal and certain civil affairs in the justice system

Sincerely,

The American people

 



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