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Law professors debate Trump’s executive actions on immigration, how CA might fight back

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Maya Casillas,7 (R), joins migrant rights groups during a vigil to protest against US President Donald Trump's new crackdown on "sanctuary cities", outside the City Hall in Los Angeles on January 25, 2017. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

For the last two days on AirTalk, we’ve been discussing different aspects of President Trump’s executive actions on immigration, including the directive to begin construction on a border wall with Mexico and a threat to pull federal funding from sanctuary cities.

A number of cities, including Los Angeles, have responded by saying local law enforcement won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Today, we’ll hear from opposing viewpoints on what legal standing President Trump has to issue these executive orders, whether he’ll really be able to enforce them, how the state of California might respond, and the tools available to push back against the federal government.


Seth Davis, assistant professor of law at the UC-Irvine School of Law; he recently co-authored an op-ed for The Washington Post on President Trump's immigration plans

John Eastman, professor law and community service and director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University

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