Justice Department sues California over 'sanctuary' laws

by Abel Hampton March 8, 2018, 1:23
Justice Department sues California over 'sanctuary' laws

California Gov. Jerry Brown has denounced U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for speaking in the state about a lawsuit over policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "A series of actions and events has occurred here that directly and adversely affects the work of our federal officers". There's no way to other way to interpret those remarks.

States and cities say their policies are protecting the best interest of their citizens.

"What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California", said Brown.

The state's resources should not be "commandeered" by the federal government, he told reporters in a briefing. Sessions, under Trump's orders, began a campaign against "sanctuary" policies that sheltered or protected undocumented immigrants from being deported.

Protesters who greeted Sessions offered a stark reminder of the kind of resistance he faces.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will address the lawsuit in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement organizations in California.

A week after conducting widespread immigration sweeps throughout California, the Trump administration sued Gov. "But we will not back down from our commitment to keep parents with their children", Morales said.

District Attorney George Gascón also called the timing of the lawsuit and recent raids "suspicious", considering the low presidential approval ratings as midterm elections ramp up.

It requires a court warrant before an immigrant can be transferred from local to federal custody and bars local law enforcement officers from asking about individuals' immigration status during routine interactions. The states are actually supposed to be supporting the federal government when it's enforcing the law as required by the Constitution.

Previous actions by the federal government sought to strip federal law enforcement funding from municipalities that didn't abide by Justice Department edicts regarding immigration enforcement.

"Under our federal system, states don't have to assist the federal government with immigration enforcement", he told LifeZette.

The immigration debate in California is heating up. "And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it".

KELLY: So no secret that Trump administration officials and California officials have been at odds. "SAD!", Brown said in a written statement.

As a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against sanctuary city policies and the "open border politicians who shield criminal aliens from federal law enforcement". At this point, California has more lawsuits going than you can keep track of without a custom app on your phone.

The third law, SB 54, the California Values Act, will probably get the most attention.

Sacramento police say nobody was arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday outside a hotel where Sessions spoke to California law enforcement officials.

But Sessions said it is more than one mayor. It allows ICE agents to interview immigrants at county jails, though not to hold permanent office space there. "What they've done is force my officers to arrest risky criminals on their turf, in their homes and their places of business rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail, its ridiculous".

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