08 March, 2018
"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.
He will speak at the 26th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day, hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association.
Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent.
The Department of Justice is suing California over its sanctuary policies after almost one year of state Democrats attempting to obstruct federal immigration law.
"This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer". California officials consistently have sought to stymie Trump's efforts to impose policies incompatible with the more permissive vision of the state's leaders and the liberal leanings of its electorate. The Justice Department is seeking to overturn those laws.
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Nevertheless, Brown warned: "This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy". "There's been a lot of concern about foreign people who sew division and discord". So obviously the attorney general has found it hard to be just a normal attorney general.
"The Trump administration is full of liars", he added. "What he said earlier today is not true". The lawsuit targets three California laws that specifically interfere with the federal responsibility to deal with immigration. "We will continue to inform all residents about their Constitutional rights, and we will continue to support California's sanctuary status", the statement read.
The California laws were passed in response to Trump's promises to sharply ramp up the deportation of people living in the USA illegally. A second law bars private employers from allowing immigration officials to access employee records without a court order or subpoena. Another stops local governments from contracting with for-profit companies and ICE to hold immigrants.
One law bars law enforcement from sharing information with federal immigration officials unless a suspect has been convicted of a serious crime. Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont have state sanctuary laws, as do more than 300 municipalities across the country. A heavy police presence was on hand.
Sessions says California's laws are unconstitutional and a "plain violation of common sense".
Sessions has prioritized cracking down on cities that fail to comply with federal immigration authorities - called "sanctuary cities" - in his time as attorney general, following through on campaign promises and platforms President Trump made, as CBS News' Paula Reid has reported. AG Becerra says California is not in the business of deportation, but in the business of safety.