The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a friend-of-the court brief challenging an attempt by San Francisco and Santa Clara County, a Bay Area county containing most of California’s Silicon Valley, to induce a federal judge to ban arrests for immigration law violations throughout the United States.

San Francisco was among the first in the nation to publicly oppose enforcement of civil immigration laws within city limits, enacting a so-called sanctuary ordinance more than 30 years ago. The City Council has expanded the reach of its ordinance over time, so that in 2017 law enforcement officers and most city employees face job sanctions and lawsuits if they cooperate with the federal government in locating or detaining any but the most dangerous criminal aliens.

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