Justice Department Sues State Of California Over Sanctuary Policies

Aaron Brown
March 8, 2018

JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS/NewscomThe Department of Justice is suing California to block the enforcement of state laws that it says impede the feds' efforts to expel illegal immigrants. It allows ICE agents to interview immigrants at county jails, though not to hold permanent office space there.

In January, it threatened 23 so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with subpoenas if they fail to provide documents to show whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities. Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont have state sanctuary laws, as do more than 300 municipalities across the country. He also said that he spoke with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on possible responses to the DOJ's lawsuit, and said that Legislature will have a response later today. States say they should not have to spend their limited resources on a federal responsibility and a perception the local law enforcement works with immigration officials hurts community relations.

The US government has filed a lawsuit against the state of California over immigration laws that it alleged were "unconstitutional" and against the policies of President Donald Trump. "We expect the federal government to do the same", Becerra said at the press conference.

California's state laws protecting people in the USA illegally have been a direct response to Mr Trump's harsh immigration policies and promises. "I believe that we are going to win".

Sessions received a polite if not warm reception from law enforcement officials, even when he told them his goal was to make their jobs safer. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here.

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"This is really unprecedented,"said Brown after Sessions' speech, "for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News".

A federal judge on Monday rejected a request from the state of California to put a halt to the Trump administration policy of penalizing sanctuary city and state measures aimed at protecting illegal immigrants. He also took particular aim at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf while accusing her of attempting to "score political points on the backs of officer safety".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed "sanctuary city" policies for crime and gang violence. He's going to pledge to fight what he calls unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies. Jerry Brown in 2017 cover three main areas: preventing the communication of local officials to federal officials over release dates of immigrants except in serious criminal cases, restricting the cooperation of private employers, and requiring federal officials to inspect and review of immigrant detention facilities in California.

Larger US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and NY ruled by the opposition Democrats, adopted policies that hinder the sharing of information between the local police and immigration officers.

"So here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you, how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda?" he said.

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