Today on State of Affairs:
- Scathing words and a lawsuit: These are two things U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought with him on his trip to Sacramento this week.
Lawmakers here? Well, they're firing back too.
There's been a lot of tough-talk, but where do things go from here?
Raphe Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, says the real fight may be yet to come:
From the legal standpoint, the consensus is that this is going to be kind of a fair fight in the courts. Both sides have a strong case. The state's case is very strong on SB54 — the overall sanctuary law. [It was] very carefully designed, as all three were, but the state may have to fight harder for the restrictions on private employers and the inspections of private prisons.
The real issue is: can the administration in Washington win an injunction as early as April to block all three laws. They're asking to have all three laws blocked while the case works its way through the courts. In a way, in my view, that's the ballgame, because if this works its way through the courts, nothing's going to happen to these laws for probably two years.
- It's official: President Trump is coming to California next week. What can Californians expect?
Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor of politics for the L.A. Times, says that Californians likely won't keep quiet.
There are going to be protests. He's coming to look at their border wall prototypes. He's going to be in a Democratic Congressional district; he's going to be talking about an issue that really inflamed a lot of passion on the campaign trail and has continued to be something he pushes. All the same, just after suing the state of California on this very issue. That's going to invite a lot of activists and people who are attempting to seize the moment of opposing the President.