Jeff Sessions slams California immigration policy, says 'sanctuary' laws defy common sense

Jeff Sessions slams California immigration policy, says 'sanctuary' laws defy common sense

The lawsuit would block California laws that extend protections to people in the United States without documentation.

Sessions flew to Sacramento to mark the occasion with a speech Wednesday morning to a meeting of the California Peace Officers Association, which had opposed SB 54.

He also continued to play up this relationship with remarks directed at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who warned of impending ICE raids last month.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the belly of the beast on Wednesday to announce his department's legal action challenging California's increasingly strident "sanctuary state" opposition to federal immigration law enforcement.

"California, we have a problem", Sessions said in a speech to law enforcement officials Wednesday, The New York Times reports.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra disagreed with the DOJ that it has endangered law enforcement officers with its tactics.

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Sessions criticized Mayor Libby Schaaf in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement officials after he sued California over laws that restrict cooperation with USA immigration authorities. It says three state laws intentionally undermine federal immigration law: One bans police from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities.

Brown lashed back defiantly after Sessions spoke not far from the governor's offices.

The law seeks to regulate federal immigration detention, according to the complaint, which is not allowed under the Constitution.

"Despite how (De León) has presented the issue, the law enforcement profession, which CPOA represents, can not and does not engage in immigration enforcement". 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.

"We know the Trump administration is full of liars", Brown said.

"Immigration law is the province of the federal government", Sessions said. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open borders agenda?"

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"This is a reminder that California does not see his federal policies", said Steven Lynn, 33, a Sacramento graduate student. This saga of state vs. country has been ongoing, of course, but this legal move - whether a distracting stunt or legitimate case - takes that battle to the next level.

"Her actions support those who flout the law, and [that] only validates illegality", he said.

In a statement a year ago the association's president, Gardena Police Chief Ed Madrano, said the compromise "addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations".

The Democrat accused Sessions of lying and of trying to appease President Donald Trump.

The attorney general cited acting ICE chief Thomas Homan, who indicated his agency failed to arrest 800 criminal illegal immigrants because of Schaaf's intervention. In his address, Sessions compared California's resistance to federal immigration law to the efforts of the Old South and the Confederacy to resist the Union.

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