SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 6 that he had issued a statement following a decision by the U.S., District Court for the Northern District of California to deny the federal government’s motion to dismiss and the state’s motion for preliminary injunction in a case involving federal funding for state law enforcement.

Becerra’s office filed a lawsuit Aug. 14, 2017, challenging a Trump administration decision to withhold federal funding from states depending on how the states conducted immigration enforcement.

The court disallowed an injunction but also ruled that the case can continue. Becerra noted the state will seek to present a more complete case with the goal of seeking relief. Becerra wants a permanent resolution of the lawsuit that would grant California a continuance of federal funding.

“The 10th Amendment of the Constitution gives the people of California, not the Trump administration, the power to decide how we will provide for the public safety and general welfare in our state. We intend to fight to protect the funding our law enforcement officers deserve,” Becerra said in the statement. “The court [has] signaled that we can continue our fight against federal government overreach that undermines the safety and values of our state.”

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