Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Sessions in Sacramento: California, 'we have a problem'

Sessions in Sacramento: California, 'we have a problem'

The US Justice Department sued California Tuesday over its so-called sanctuary city laws, stepping up the Trump administration battle against cities and states offering protection to illegal immigrants.

The Department of Justice is suing California over its sanctuary policies after almost one year of state Democrats attempting to obstruct federal immigration law.

Sessions told law enforcement officers at a conference in Sacramento Wednesday that the Justice Department sued California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs.

It was announced Tuesday morning that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be in Sacramento on Wednesday morning to make a major announcement on the issue of giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

California's state laws protecting people in the USA illegally have been a direct response to Mr Trump's harsh immigration policies and promises.

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Sessions said sanctuary laws "intentionally obstruct the work of our sworn immigration enforcement officers to intentionally use every power it has to undermine duly-established immigration law in America". The law exempts immigrants who've committed any on a list of 800 serious or violent crimes and allows the state prison system to work with the federal government. Immigrants have not been the mass murderers - we grow those crazies right here in America - and Sessions wouldn't dare file suit against the NRA to stop and desist in lobbying the government, because he is afraid of them.

The statement also reiterated some of Schaaf's criticism of the Trump administration.

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Schaaf later echoed the refrain to slam Sessions for tearing apart families and distorting the reality of declining violent crime in a "sanctuary city" like Oakland. And he said local sheriffs can still allow deportation officers access to their jails, if they wish. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, slammed the Trump administration and cast Sessions' legal maneuvering as a political stunt - going so far as to imitate Trump's style on Twitter. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The attorney general referred to California officials as "open borders radicals".

"Stop treating immigration agents differently from everybody else for the goal of eviscerating border and immigration laws and advancing an open borders philosophy shared by only a few, the most radical extremists", Sessions said.

"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you?"

The lawsuit is also of note because it is the first to place a state against the Justice Department and the DOJ's ongoing behavior in regards to immigration.

Top Trump officials argue that the state's sanctuary laws are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said the legal issues involved are murky and do not clearly favor a preliminary a state-mandated injunction against the Trump administration's immigration policies.

The lawsuit is being filed in federal court in Sacramento and brings the Trump administration's feud with California to a new level. "Bragging about and encouraging the obstruction of our law enforcement and I am afraid that this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said.

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