As of recent, California has been leading the way in establishing sanctuary cities for immigrants who might need a safe and protected place to be amidst all of the immigration reform that has left so many families uncertain of their futures in the United States.
Unfortunately for those who are in support of immigration safety zones, a recent federal court ruling has found that immigration is a federal matter, not a state one. This verdict has significant impact mainly because it means that the federal government can overrule anything that the states do to protect immigrants within their borders.
The supremacy clause is what is behind this ruling which basically states that state law must follow federal law when outlined by the court or congress.
Our Verdict: While the government may be able to pass laws on immigration, it is an overstep to control which states choose to be sanctuary states and which do not. It should be up to the states to decide based on overall constituency approval of whether or not they decide they want any law, specifically this one regarding providing safe haven.