Trump administration sues California over 'sanctuary' laws

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak about ‘sanctuary jurisdiction’ issues at an annual conference organized by California Peace Officers’ Association according to the U.S. Department of Justice

Trump administration sues California over 'sanctuary' laws

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. This announcement comes a week after ICE agents arrested more than 230 undocumented people throughout California. "Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf", Sessions added.

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

Leveroni's law enforcement advocacy organization has publicly opposed Senate Bill 54, known as the "sanctuary state" bill that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law past year. States say they should not have to spend their limited resources on a federal responsibility and a perception the local law enforcement works with immigration officials hurts community relations. The suit claims that California is violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which generally states then when federal and state laws conflict, federal law wins. These policies became popular nationwide during the Obama administration, which deported a record number of immigrants.

While Sessions has previously linked sanctuary cities to crime and gang violence, proponents of these policies say they increase public safety by allowing undocumented immigrants to report crimes and participate in policing efforts without fear of deportation.

Sessions was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning and later spoke to the California Peace Officers Association, using an analogy cited by Doug regarding nullification of federal law by states back in the Civil War days. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here. SAD!

"It wasn't something I chose to do, but I can't sit by idly while the lawful authority of federal officers are being blocked by legislative acts and politicians", Sessions said, straying from his prepared remarks.

Schaaf remained unbowed, however, arguing her administration's "sanctuary" policies have made Oakland safer.

What so-called sanctuary cities (and states, in California's case) have been doing has been declining (in most cases) to share information about a person's immigration status with the federal government.

"Tom Homan, the director of ICE, has said recently, 'Being a law enforcement officer is already risky enough, but to give the criminals a heads up that we are coming in the next 24 hours increases that risk". If the federal government believes there is a need to detain a criminal, we will honor a criminal warrant, as we always have, and we always will.

The lawsuit is modeled on a suit filed in 2010 by the Obama administration that claimed Arizona laws cracking down on illegal immigration unconstitutionally interfered with immigration policy set by Congress, according to Politico.

Afterward, she said of Sessions: "How dare you" vilify members of the community, distract people from a broken immigration system that breaks up families and distort the reality of declining violent crime in a "sanctuary city" like Oakland.

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