Jeff Sessions Announces Lawsuit Against California Over Immigration Sanctuary Status

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against

"Given how strongly California supported the Obama administration in the Arizona case, it's going to show what hypocrites they are", he said.

He singled out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who last month warned residents of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

He will speak at the 26th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day, hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association.

"It's about dividing America", Brown said, adding that Sessions was acting more like Fox News than the country's top law enforcement official.

A week after conducting widespread immigration sweeps throughout California, the Trump administration sued Gov. The Justice Department is seeking to overturn those laws.

The lawsuit, which the Justice Department disclosed on Tuesday in advance of Mr. Sessions's speech, was the culmination of a clash both the Trump administration and California have been heading toward for more than a year, with each antagonist reaping political profit from the battle.

"This is a political stung". Jerry Brown, told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to defend California's laws by arguing that the federal government can enforce immigration laws but can't force state agencies to help. "There's been a lot of concern about foreign people who sew division and discord".

The attorney general spoke directly to law enforcement during his approximately 30 minute speech.

He also called the Trump administration "full of liars". "What he said earlier today is not true".

Hans von Spakovsky, a legal scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the Department of Justice is on solid legal ground to challenge state and local laws that impede federal law enforcement. The Immigrant Worker Protection Act prohibits private businesses from voluntarily allowing immigration enforcers without warrants or subpoenas to review employee records or to enter non-public parts of their companies. Another stops local governments from contracting with for-profit companies and ICE to hold immigrants.

Sessions, who has made immigration a priority, is set to tell law enforcement officers: "The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you", prepared remarks seen by The Guardian suggest.

The lawsuit names Gov. The Supreme Court ruled that states could not pre-empt the federal government's exclusive authority over immigration. "California has chosen to purposefully contradict the will and responsibility of the Congress to to protect our homeland".

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will be in attendance. There are five other states considered to have so-called "sanctuary cities".

There is a heavy presence of police on horses and bicycles and a helicopter overhead. The suit filed in federal court in Sacramento says the laws are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. "We're in the business of public safety, not deportation".



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