Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano expressed outrage Thursday over California’s latest immigration laws, saying he hasn’t heard of anything like it since the Civil War.
“We have three California state laws that the Justice Department is challenging. One law says if you work for the government in California, local, county, regional or state, and ICE comes knocking on the door, you shall not cooperate,” Napolitano said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday. “As frustrating as that is, in my opinion and the courts have upheld this, the state of California can regulate its employees.”
“Second statute — this is really outrageous. If you own a private business and ICE comes knocking, you shall not cooperate. That is blatantly unconstitutional,” Napolitano continued. “The state of California can’t run your business and it can’t tell you what to say to the federal government.”
“Third statute, this is really the first time I’ve seen anything like this since the Civil War,” he said. “The state of California can inspect federal facilities for health and safety. That means state agents can go into federal facilities where they’re holding immigrants and say ‘we don’t like the way you are treating this person. We’re going to take him with us.’ That is also unconstitutional in my opinion but it’ll take a little while for the courts to get there.”
Napolitano predicted the federal government would win two out of three of the legal challenges, but was still concerned about the future of immigration policy in California.
“I think the U.S. government is going to win two of three,” Napolitano concluded. “The one where they tell private owners you can’t cooperate, and one where they say they have the right to go into federal facilities and interfere with the management of them.”
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