Brown fires back at Sessions' federal lawsuit

Marsha Scott
March 8, 2018

SB 54 prevents law enforcement officials from transferring undocumented prisoners to federal custody and notifying federal immigration agents about their release dates. It is not the first time the White House steps in against sanctuary jurisdictions, whose policies partially discourage cooperation with federal authorities on immigration issues. Indeed, you can be an open-borders libertarian like myself and believe that California has absurdly overstepped its bounds by telling private business owners who they may allow on their property and who may look over their records.

"Tom Homan, the director of ICE, has said recently, 'Being a law enforcement officer is already unsafe enough, but to give the criminals a heads up that we are coming in the next 24 hours increases that risk".

Several Democratic elected officials joined demonstrators and spoke to the crowd with a bullhorn. "For example, the mayor of Oakland has been actively seeking to help illegal aliens avoid apprehension by ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]", Sessions said.

The Justice Department is suing to block California laws that extend protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally, commonly referred to as "sanctuary laws".

"California is using every power it has - and some it doesn't - to frustrate federal law enforcement", Sessions said.

The Democrat accused Sessions of lying and of trying to appease President Donald Trump.

His plans on immigration have put him at odds with sanctuary cities and the state of California, which in October was declared a sanctuary state by legislation signed by Brown.

"Immigration law is the province of the federal government ..." Brown wouldn't comment on that.

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Attorney General Sessions was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.

"Given how strongly California supported the Obama administration in the Arizona case, it's going to show what hypocrites they are", he said.

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

"Those are 800 wanted criminals who are now at large in that community, 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue by other means", he said. He is scheduled to speak at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel - the new hotel next to the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento - at 8:05 a.m.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration finally challenged California in court over its lax immigration policies after nearly a year of intimidation. The protesters are chanting "stand up, fight back" and "no justice no peace". A heavy police presence was on hand.

Cities and states were also required to certify that they complied with a particular federal immigration law.

"The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies", Attorney General Jeff Sessions was expected to tell California law enforcement officers on Wednesday.

"In California, our state laws work in concert with federal law", Attorney General Becerra told reporters during a call Tuesday night.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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