Attorney General Jeff Sessions on CA Sanctuary Laws

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on CA Sanctuary Laws

Under California's sanctuary state laws, local law enforcement can not be called on to help federal agents.

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

Brown was visibly angry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking in Sacramento, accused the state of deliberately obstructing enforcement of federal law by offering undocumented immigrants sanctuary protections to dodge arrest and deportation by immigration agents.

Amid escalating tensions between California and Washington over immigration raids, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is traveling to Sacramento to make a "major" announcement Wednesday about sanctuary cities. "California has exercised its rights to define the circumstances where state and local law enforcement may participate in immigration enforcement", he said.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also had strong words to say on the matter and vowed that the state will stay the course in order to protect all the state's citizens by upholding the law.

Late Tuesday the Justice Department sued to overturn three California statutes that render it more hard for officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to obtain the cooperation of local officials and private employers to make arrests. The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them. Rather than effectively force millions of hardworking immigrant families to go underground, the state imposes some very basic and modest limitations on the circumstances in which it gives ICE the run of the place.

"It wasn't something I chose to do, but I can't sit by idly while the lawful authority of federal officers are being blocked by legislative acts and politicians", Sessions said, straying from his prepared remarks.

California, one of the country's largest, wealthiest and most progressive states, has battled with the administration since Trump took office in January 2017 over his immigration crackdown.

But what Sessions said next really put California on notice. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open borders agenda?"

"It's time for the American public to see this racist stunt for what it is: A perverse use of power that prioritizes politics over public safety", Gascón said in a statement. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand".

"Her actions support those who flout the law, and [that] only validates illegality", he said.

"There is no nullification; there is no secession", Sessions said.

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Brown speculated that Sessions' dig on California may be an attempt to ease an openly rocky relationship with the president, saying, "Maybe he's trying to keep his job because the president is not too happy with him".

"I say: Bring it on", said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the so-called sanctuary state bill.

Dozens of demonstrators have gathered in Sacramento, California, to protest an appearance by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Demonstrators are blocking traffic outside a hotel where Sessions will deliver a speech to law enforcement officials.

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