Trump administration sues California over 'sanctuary' laws

Posted March 08, 2018

There's no other way to interpret her remarks. "My fear is that crime is going to increase because many immigrant families will be fearful of calling their local police departments", said de Leon. "Bragging about and encouraging the obstruction of our law enforcement and I am afraid that this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said.

"There's no doubt that the police can do their job", he told reporters in the state capital.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed "sanctuary city" policies for crime and gang violence.

Protesters who greeted Sessions offered a stark reminder of the kind of resistance he faces.

They spoke shortly after Sessions addressed law enforcement officers at a separate meeting of the California Peace Officers Association in Sacramento. Wasting time and energy on politically-driven lawsuits will do nothing to make our communities safer. If immigration enforcement is a concern of the federal government (as this lawsuit repeatedly insists), then it's up to the feds to enforce immigration law, not local police. "It's in the Constitution".

Cities and states were also required to certify that they complied with a particular federal immigration law.

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Meanwhile, the suit states existing federal laws give the executive branch "authority to inspect, investigate, arrest, detain, and remove aliens who are suspected of being, or found to be, unlawfully in the United States".

In signing the bills into law last October, Gov. Jerry Brown slammed Session's planned visit. The lawsuit targets three California laws that specifically interfere with the federal responsibility to deal with immigration.

The motion calls for a judge to block enforcement of assembly bills 450 and 103 as well as Senate bill 54.

The immigration debate in California is heating up. I mean, fair to say that the Trump administration has a mixed record so far in federal court.

Brown blasted back at Sessions, who has been a key enforcer of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown.

"It's time for the American public to see this racist stunt for what it is: A perverse use of power that prioritizes politics over public safety", Gascón said in a statement.

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The administration, however, could be in a stronger position in this case than in previous court battles over immigration issues, including court rulings against early versions of Trump's travel ban and against efforts to cut off some federal money to cities with so-called sanctuary policies.

Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, said the suit will hinge on the precise claims made by the administration and the remedies it seeks.

California leaders strongly deny that claim. In this case, it is California that is arguably in uncharted legal territory, imposing barriers aimed at undermining federal law enforcement efforts.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent.

California officials remain defiant and say they are on firm legal footing.

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