Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Jeff Sessions Announces Lawsuit Against California Over Immigration Sanctuary Status

Jeff Sessions Announces Lawsuit Against California Over Immigration Sanctuary Status

The suit is specifically taking aim at California's SB54 law, a mandate that prohibits local police from reporting illegal immigrants to immigration officials for minor offenses, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, and a law regarding the inspection of immigrant detention centers.

"Filed last night, the Justice Department lawsuit is focused on California's sanctuary laws for undocumented immigrants".

"The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you", he said in a speech to members of the California Peace Officers Association.

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


"Magoo" Sessions formally announced a lawsuit agains the state of California over its so-called sanctuary laws.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressing a meeting of the Alliance of California Law Enforcement, flanked by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California McGregor Scott (left) and former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinnis.

But while the GOP candidates are playing to their base with the sanctuary-bashing, polls have shown that California voters at large back sanctuary policies in general and the sanctuary state law specifically. The high court found several key provisions undermined federal immigration law, though it upheld a provision requiring officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

"You can sue us, you can talk about jailing us, you can threaten us, you can seek to intimidate us it doesn't matter", Steinberg said. But the West Coast state has quickly developed a knack for resisting, mobilizing to fight against multiple Trump White House decisions including climate change denial, attempts to end legal marijuana, and various measures to deport immigrants.


"For undocumented families who already live in fear of being separated from their families, we know U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement brings heightened anxiety", he said in a statement.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent. ICE's acting director, Thomas Homan, torched Schaaf for warning hundreds of "public safety criminals" that law enforcement was on its way. Sessions said at a news conference. Jerry Brown told reporters Wednesday.

"Her actions support those who flout that law, and boldly validates illegality".

In the time since Donald Trump won the presidential election, there has been an increasing amount of tension between lawmakers in Washington DC and lawmakers in California. Can you even fathom the audacity, asks the Justice Department, of California enacting a law to safeguard individual constitutional rights? He claims 800 "wanted criminals" eluded arrests as a result.


Still, it's in the political interests of both Trump and California Democrats to keep the firefight over sanctuary and immigration policy going - few issues animate greater passion in both red and blue America.

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