Jeff Sessions calls out California on immigration failures after announcing lawsuit

Jon Howard
March 8, 2018

California leaders strongly deny that claim.

The lawsuit comes on the eve of Sessions' speech at the Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association in Sacramento.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sparked controversy after she tipped immigrants off to the sweep. "California absolutely appears to me to be using every power it has, and powers it doesn't have, to frustrate federal law enforcement", Sessions told the gathering.

"So here's my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you". Jerry Brown and Xavier Becerra, the state's attorney general, for passing and enforcing its sanctuary laws, which place sharp limits on how local law enforcement agencies can communicate with federal immigration authorities.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the state of California to put a halt to the Trump administration policy of penalizing sanctuary city and state measures aimed at protecting illegal immigrants.

Becerra defended the law under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which he said gives California the right to decline to participate in civil immigration enforcement.

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

"This is a political stung".

The Justice Department said Tuesday it plans to sue the state of California, Gov. "There's been a lot of concern about foreign people who sew division and discord". At this point, California has more lawsuits going than you can keep track of without a custom app on your phone.

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The Trump administration a year ago announced plans to withhold federal grant money from jurisdictions deemed to refuse cooperation with ICE. "What he said earlier today is not true".

The Department of Justice will unveil the new lawsuit on Wednesday during an event in Sacramento, California.

The President himself called illegal immigrants rapists and criminals on the campaign trail. A second law bars private employers from allowing immigration officials to access employee records without a court order or subpoena. Another stops local governments from contracting with for-profit companies and ICE to hold immigrants.

The statutes "reflect a deliberate effort by California to obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law", the suit said.

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.

In this case, California "has chosen to purposefully contradict the will and responsibility of Congress to protect our homeland", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will be in attendance.

Sessions is expected to speak at 8:05 a downtown Sacramento hotel. There was a heavy police presence but no arrests.

The Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has threatened to withdraw federal funding support for jurisdictions which act as sanctuaries. "California is in the business of public safety".

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