Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s California Lawsuit


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration filed suit against the state of California, attacking the state’s refusal to be commandeered into targeting immigrant families and weakening local law enforcement:

“The Trump Administration has dragged its attacks on California and all communities with the courage to stand up to its anti-immigrant agenda to a new low.

“Just last week, President Trump decided to terrorize innocent immigrant families in the Bay Area with his unjust and cruel raids.  The President has now desperately decided to brazenly abuse the legal system to push his mass deportation agenda.

“The Trump Administration’s attacks on California are unacceptable in the federal system of government our Founders created.  We have a system of checks and balances – not a system in which the executive branch can unilaterally bend states to its will.  The federal government cannot force states and localities to participate in the cruel roundup of immigrant families, which spreads fear and thwarts cooperation with local law enforcement.

“The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump Administration’s brazen aggression and intimidation tactics.  Californians will continue to proudly keep our doors open to the immigrants who make America more American.  We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities.”

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