Newsletter: In The News (Summer, 2017)

Nuclear Weapons Treaty

On July 7, more than 120 of the United Nations' 192 member countries signed an agreement banning nuclear weapons, despite boycotts from all nine of the world's nuclear-armed countries. Read More

California Sanctuary Bill

SB-54 has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly. It would – among other things – prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. Read the bill.

CA Attorney General Sues Dept. of the Interior

The attorneys general of California and New Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, alleging that the Trump administration illegally postponed requirements for companies to abide by methane regulations on lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

CA Sheriffs Can Restrict Concealed Guns

The Supreme Court on June 26 declined to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a California law that places strict limits on carrying guns in public. Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, dissented. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco, has ruled that there was no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed weapon.

Becerra Challenges Trump Administration on Immigration

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a court brief on June 28 challenging a Trump administration order on immigration. The brief argues that public safety is improved when local law enforcement agencies focus on crime prevention instead of helping federal authorities enforce immigration laws. Read More


On July 5, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that unaccompanied children who enter U.S. may not be confined without a court bond hearing. Read More