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SCOTUS Hands Down Decisions on CA Sanctuary Law, Second Amendment Cases, Atlantic Coast Pipeline

HeadlineJun 16, 2020

Supreme Court justices rejected Trump’s challenge to California’s state sanctuary law, in a major victory for immigrant rights advocates. The move leaves in place the ruling by San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said local officials do not have to help immigration agents enforce federal laws.

The Supreme Court also declined to take up a number of Second Amendment cases, challenging state gun control laws, including open-carry restrictions in Maryland and New Jersey.

In a major blow for environmental and indigenous activists, the Supreme Court ruled the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, built by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, can cross beneath the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. Only Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented in the 7-2 ruling. Friends of the Earth tweeted, “If built, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would spew toxins, harm wildlife & disproportionately impact the 30,000+ Native peoples living in its path. Today SCOTUS ruled to let it proceed, ignoring communities & environment in favor of the fossil fuel industry.”

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