The Arizona civil rights lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration over immigration and sanctuary cities is shaping up to be one of the most important and significant civil rights cases in decades.
In the case, the plaintiffs argue that the federal government’s plan to punish local jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deport undocumented immigrants violates the Constitution.
Trump’s executive order signed in January targets sanctuary cities that refuse or cannot comply with federal detainer requests.
The executive order states that it is unlawful for federal authorities to enforce the law against jurisdictions that do not cooperate with requests to remove individuals who have been arrested or who have committed serious crimes.
The suit was filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union and Arizona Immigrant Rights Project.
It seeks an injunction barring Trump’s order from taking effect and barring the federal agencies from detaining or detaining aliens in the U.S. unlawfully.
The plaintiffs contend that the order violates the U