WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's bid to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that limits local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
The justices' order Monday leaves in place lower court rulings that upheld the law.
The administration said the 2017 state immigrant-sanctuary measure conflicts with federal immigration law and makes it harder to deport people who are in the country illegally.
California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, released a statement that said in part: "We’re protecting Californians’ right to decide how we do public safety in our state. The Trump Administration does not have the authority to commandeer state resources. We’re heartened by today’s Supreme Court decision."
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department sent ABC 10News the following statement:
"The Supreme Court decision not to hear a legal challenge to California's sanctuary law does not change or impact the operations of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Our agency is already in full compliance with SB54.
We do not enforce immigration laws. We prioritize community relationships and want all residents to feel safe when reporting crimes or coming forward as a witness to criminal acts."
The Sheriff's Department also sent the following documents related to the law: