Letter: Ruling found immigration was a federal matter, not state

Ruling found immigration
a federal matter, not state

In 1994, California voters passed Proposition 187, restricting illegal immigrants from state public services. Most of the law was ruled by the courts as unconstitutional, on the premise that only the federal government had jurisdiction in U.S. immigration matters. Appeals of this decision were eventually dropped by the Democrats in the state, including then-Gov. Gray Davis. This was hailed as a triumph.

If this state has no business with matters of U.S. immigration, how can elected and non-elected California officials openly defy federal law by establishing sanctuary cities, counties or state? Does law only serve as long as it benefits one’s special beliefs? Don’t we remove and even imprison public officials for obstruction of justice when they show contempt for, or refuse to enforce, the law?