Michael Wildes, Melania Trump’s immigration lawyer and managing partner at Wildes & Weinberg, joined Bold TV and weighed in on the Trump administration suing the state of California over sanctuary cities.
Wildes told us:
“Here in the California theater, what we’re seeing is the ineptitude of the federal government to do its job…The 10th Amendment protects the states’ police interest in making sure they don’t get trampled by the federal government. And that said, the preemption doctrine does not allow states — we are the United States of America — to make their own individual mosaic on immigration law. So what’s happening because of the deafening silence in Washington, is the states are now coming through….So this tension that we’re seeing is because our elected officials in Washington are ineffective on the dialogue on immigration.”
Wildes said he supports keeping the DACA program in place and disagrees with President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program put in place by the Obama administration. The Trump administration has argued that the DACA program was an unconstitutional overreach of executive authority on immigration policy that should be determined by Congress.
Wildes has worked with Melania Trump and vouched for the First Lady’s legal immigration status during the 2016 presidential campaign. Wildes wrote in a public letter that was later Tweeted out by Melania Trump.
“It has been suggested by various media outlets that in 1995, Mrs. Trump illegally worked as a model in the United States while on a visitor visa,” Wildes wrote. “Following a review of her relevant immigration paperwork, I can unequivocally state that these allegations are not supported by the record, and are therefore completely without merit.”
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