Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration’s most vocal critics in the judiciary.
Her main concern is the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Earlier this month, she scolded federal immigration authorities for using courthouses as “bait” to arrest undocumented immigrants. Days later, she assailed the president’s disparaging comments about federal judges who ruled against his travel ban.
And on Monday, Cantil-Sakauye used her annual State of the Judiciary address to argue that the rule of law was being “challenged” amid the administration’s immigration crackdown.
Without mentioning Trump by name, she told the state’s lawmakers that “the rule of law means that as a people, we are governed by laws, and not a monarch.”