March 17, 2018

Jerry Brown: Trump 'Going to War Against the State of California'

08 March 2018, 01:27 | Rufus Hill

Mandel Ngan AFP Getty Images Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against"sanctuary policies for years

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against

And today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Sacramento where he's expected to discuss the lawsuit and sanctuary city laws with the California Peace Officer's Association. The laws in question "have objective and effect of making it more hard for federal immigration agents to comply with ir obligation in California".

"Here's my message - how dare you".

The group tends to oppose criminal justice reform measures and actively opposed SB 54, the bill approved previous year that prohibits state and local police from helping ICE enforce civil immigration law.

Several other states including Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont have "sanctuary laws", according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

The suit named Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both strident defenders of undocumented immigrants, as defendants. Brown said he hoped to have a "rational discussion" with U.S. Department of Justice officials once Sessions' "circus" left Sacramento.

Justice Department officials are arguing that these laws violate the Constitution's supremacy clause, rendering state laws invalid when they conflict with the federal laws.

It seems plausible that the first two laws could get struck down (and perhaps should get struck down) for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with federal immigration policies and enforcement.

Sessions says California's laws are unconstitutional and a "plain violation of common sense".

Numerous cities and counties had already declared themselves immigrant sanctuaries, meaning they would not cooperate with federal immigration agents seeking to round up illegal immigrants. "I believe that we are going to win".

The attorney general, Jeff sessions, is planning to announce complaint on Wednesday morning in Sacramento, capital of California, in front of a group of representatives of security forces. Jeff, se political stunts may be norm in Washington, but y don't work here. SAD!

"So to carry out the intent of our laws, we need law offices", Sessions said to an annual state law enforcement event in Sacramento, California. While he rejected the state's request for a preliminary injunction to turn over the money, he also rejected a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss California's lawsuit. In this case, it is California that is arguably in uncharted legal territory, imposing barriers aimed at undermining federal law enforcement efforts. "Oakland is a city of immigrants", Schaaf said.

Jail officials only will be allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.

"This is exactly what Sessions wants: to coerce state and local officials in California and beyond to be enablers in President Trump's aggressive deportation machine". The new laws set restrictions on the cooperation between local law enforcement and federal authorities. Sessions had called that bill "unconscionable". The 23 sanctuary cities that were hit with a subpoena by Sessions have responded and are being reviewed on a rolling basis, officials said.

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