Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Sanctuary cities lawsuit: Jeff Sessions, federal government abuse their power

Sanctuary cities lawsuit: Jeff Sessions, federal government abuse their power

The lawsuit aims to block three so-called sanctuary laws the state's legislature passed a year ago.

Sessions flew to Sacramento to mark the occasion with a speech Wednesday morning to a meeting of the California Peace Officers Association, which had opposed SB 54.

"California, we have a problem", he began his speech, describing new laws that prevent state cooperation with federal immigration agents as "harmful to Californians" and "especially harmful to our law enforcement". Attempts to require local law enforcement officials to enforce federal law-something that is most certainly not their job-cost millions of dollars and, by deterring cooperation with police, make it hard to do the day-to-day work of keeping people safe. The Trump administration argues that California's laws are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law "shall be the supreme Law of the Land".

The attorney general said California officials are violating the law to promote an agenda the American people fundamentally reject. Speaking at a law enforcement event in Sacramento, Sessions did not mention Brown by name, but he did talk about what he considers the missteps of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and state attorney general Xavier Beccera, saying California's position as a sanctuary state "directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers". He tweeted that it was "about time" for the federal government to end his state's sanctuary laws.

But while the GOP candidates are playing to their base with the sanctuary-bashing, polls have shown that California voters at large back sanctuary policies in general and the sanctuary state law specifically.

"A refusal to apprehend and deport those, especially the criminal element, effectively rejects all immigration law". "Our track record so far when it comes to any dispute with the federal government has been pretty good", Becerra said.

California, one of the country's largest, wealthiest and most progressive states, has battled with the administration since Trump took office in January 2017 over his immigration crackdown.

"I'm afraid this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said.

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Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent.

"This is a reminder that California does not see his federal policies", said Steven Lynn, 33, a Sacramento graduate student.

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"There is no nullification; there is no secession", Sessions said.

"I say: Bring it on", said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the so-called sanctuary state bill. Jerry Brown told reporters Wednesday. "Her actions support those who flout our laws and boldly validate the illegality".

In the time since Donald Trump won the presidential election, there has been an increasing amount of tension between lawmakers in Washington DC and lawmakers in California. California legislature and the governor by signing the bill, put us on a position that we have to go to court.

The attorney general cited acting ICE chief Thomas Homan, who indicated his agency failed to arrest 800 criminal illegal immigrants because of Schaaf's intervention.

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