Trump sues California over immigration policies

Frederick Owens
March 8, 2018

Sessions received a polite if not warm reception from law enforcement officials, even when he told them his goal was to make their jobs safer.

"At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further polarize America", he said. Jeff, se political stunts may be norm in Washington, but y don't work here. SAD!

Sessions' appearance at California's capital comes less than two weeks after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents of an imminent raid by federal immigration agents, a move harshly criticized by ICE. Department of Justice lawyers filed the suit in federal court on Tuesday.

The suit will test how much leeway states have to shield immigrants from detection.

A day after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California over its sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants, Sessions finds himself in the belly of the beast, the front man for a team in Washington ready to do legal battle with the lawmakers in Sacramento.

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

Becerra has proved to be a thorn in the Trump administration's side.

Brown said when signing it in October that the law doesn't interfere with the work of federal immigration agencies, but merely "prohibits the commandeering of local officials to do the work of immigration agents".

The laws provide some of the most generous protections in the nation for immigrants facing deportation, but the Justice Department argues that they improperly venture into the enforcement of U.S. immigration law that is strictly a matter for the federal authorities. "They're not backing down, not going to be deterred and we're not going to stop enforcing the law".

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Sacramento police say nobody was arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday outside a hotel where Sessions spoke to California law enforcement officials.

Another speaker was a local student who is a beneficiary of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which President Donald Trump canceled (pending court challenges), and which Sessions has declared unconstitutional.

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

Sessions faced a barrage of criticism from California Democrats immediately.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has denounced U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for speaking in the state about a lawsuit over policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

UPDATE: On Twitter, Newsom has responded to being called "an embarrassment" by the attorney general, who he describes as "a$3 man whose legacy is targeting immigrants, re-waging the failed War on Drugs, sucking-up to private prison profiteers, and apologizing for white supremacists".

The nation's highest court struck down parts of Arizona's immigration laws in the case, ruling it went against decisions made by the federal government.

The administration is arguing the laws are unconstitutional and said it may also sue other states that have similar laws.

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