Sessions slams sanctuary laws in speech to California police officers
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 08, 2018,
Mar 08, 2018, 1:27
The lawsuit, which the Justice Department disclosed on Tuesday in advance of Mr. Sessions's speech, was the culmination of a clash both the Trump administration and California have been heading toward for more than a year, with each antagonist reaping political profit from the battle.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking at a law enforcement event in Sacramento Wednesday, said the administration's lawsuit against California was to "invalidate these unjust immigration laws" because the state's laws are a "violation of common sense".
"California does not have authority to enforce laws that obstruct, conflict, or discriminate against federal immigration action", lawsuit says, presented Tuesday to East California district of federal jurisdiction where Sacramento is located.
Trump administration officials have repeatedly attacked sanctuary jurisdictions and local officials as harboring unsafe criminals.
Brown accused the administration of "going to war" with California and said Sessions was acting "more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer" in his visit.
"So you can be sure I'm going to use every power I have to stop them".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in California Wednesday, and he dropped the hammer on politicians with a "radical, open borders agenda". Jerry Brown mimicking President Trump on Twitter as he criticized Sessions for coming to Sacramento "to further divide and polarize America". Brown told the AG that "political stunts" like those work in Washington, not California.More news: Marvel Releases New Character Posters in Celebration of Cinematic Universe's 10th Anniversary
"The provisions of state law at issue have the goal and effect of making it more hard for federal immigration officers to carry out their responsibilities in California", the complaint filed in Sacramento states.
"Flagrant disregard for our federal immigration laws endangers native-born American citizens, legal immigrants, and even the illegal aliens whom these policies claim to protect".
"The United States has undoubted, preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters", the suit states. It's an escalation of the battle over federal and local immigration enforcement, one of the first issues the Trump administration addressed after the president took office previous year. The Department of Justice declined to comment when asked this week about whether a probe was underway. The law exempts immigrants who've committed any on a list of 800 serious or violent crimes and allows the state prison system to work with the federal government.
In suing, Sessions is citing the same principle that allowed former President Barack Obama's administration to block state laws in Arizona and Alabama that targeted illegal immigrants. "We will continue to inform all residents about their Constitutional rights, and we will continue to support California's sanctuary status", the statement read. The Justice Department says these laws are unconstitutional.
The Department of Justice requests Federal Court to issue a precautionary order to curb application of se laws and ultimately annul m.
Police also worry that the law is too light on illegal immigrants who have been arrested for drunk driving.