Lawfare: Trump Administration Is Going To War Over California's Nonsense Immigration Law

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last October

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 previous year.

"How dare you?" Sessions said of Schaaf at a California Peace Officers Association meeting in Sacramento.

Under Trump, the department has brought a mix of political and financial pressures to bear against sanctuary cities, threatening to cut off federal law enforcement grants unless cities agree to identify and hold suspected immigration offenders.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not hold back Wednesday in Sacramento, California, as he formally announced a lawsuit against the Golden State over its failure to comport with federal laws on immigration.

"ICE agents do incredible work every dya and they're not backing down, they're not going to be deterred and we're not going to stop enforcing the law in Alabama or California either for that matter", Sessions stated.

The lawsuit challenges California laws that bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them.

But he also blasted Sessions for making "wild accusations" and willfully misrepresenting California's laws and its intentions.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent. "There is no nullification, there is no secession, federal law is the supreme law of the land", he said. It was carried by state Senate leader Kevin de León, a candidate for U.S. Senate, who has led the anti-Trump resistance in the Legislature.

Demonstrators blocked traffic on a busy street but were peaceful as they protested U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to sue California over laws that restrict cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "It's not wise, it's not right, and it will not stand", said Governor Jerry Brown. "Her actions support those who flout our laws and boldly validate the illegality", he said.

Demonstrator Henry Gordon of Sacramento said he hopes Sessions gets the message that Californians will resist efforts to separate families and deport immigrants.

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

Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are directly named in the suit - and are ready for the fight.

Nevertheless, Brown warned: "This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy".

In a statement previous year 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 attorney general cited acting ICE chief Thomas Homan, who indicated his agency failed to arrest 800 criminal illegal immigrants because of Schaaf's intervention. California legislature and the governor by signing the bill, put us on a position that we have to go to court.

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