In Immigration Speech, Jeff Sessions Scolds California: 'We Have a Problem'

In Immigration Speech, Jeff Sessions Scolds California: 'We Have a Problem'

In Immigration Speech, Jeff Sessions Scolds California: 'We Have a Problem'

The Department of Justice is suing California over its sanctuary policies after almost one year of state Democrats attempting to obstruct federal immigration law.

"Stop treating immigration agents differently from everybody else for the goal of eviscerating border and immigration laws and advancing an open borders philosophy shared by only a few, the most radical extremists", Sessions said.

Last week Mr Sessions called out the mayor of Oakland, California, who tipped off undocumented immigrants to an upcoming raid.

"California thrives because of its diversity, not in spite of it", Newsom said in a statement, applauding SB 54, which stops local law enforcement from giving information about undocumented immigrants being released from detention to ICE and other immigration agencies. There are five other states considered to have so-called "sanctuary cities". He also said that he spoke with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on possible responses to the DOJ's lawsuit, and said that Legislature will have a response later today. The Justice Department is seeking to overturn those laws.

The suit heightens tensions between California and the Trump administration, and sets up a judicial showdown over the scope and degree of state cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE, calling his actions on immigration policy "an embarrassment" to the state.

Brown and Becerra at a news conference in Sacramento said the three challenged laws are "fully constitutional".

"They're no good", Trump previously said of sanctuary cities.

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At a speech before a state law enforcement lobbying group in Sacramento this morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, accusing her of endangering the lives of police officers to advance a "radical open border agenda". These actions are not taken to make America safer, they are being taken to divide Americans. Jeff, se political stunts may be norm in Washington, but y don't work here. SAD! 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 past year.

"Immigration law is the province of the federal government".

He will speak at the 26th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day, hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association. A ruling could help determine what sort of immigrant-protecting policies cities and states are permitted to put into place. Defenders of the practices say they improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserve scarce police resources for urgent crime-fighting needs.

California Gov. Jerry Brown defended the state's sanctuary laws.

The California laws were passed in response to Trump's promises to sharply ramp up the deportation of people living in the USA illegally.

The suit is coming now because California has just passed through the department's review process, officials said.

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