Gov. Jerry Brown To Sessions And Trump: 'Mueller Is Closing In'
Mar 08 2018
The lawsuit - which was filed Tuesday night and announced by Sessions Wednesday - targets three recently-passed California state laws that interfere with federal immigration policies.
Late Tuesday, the US Justice Department (DOJ) sued California, upping the battle between The Trump Administration and state/local governments over the issue of providing sanctuaries from a crackdown on immigration enforcement.
The demand for sessions is directed against governor of state, veteran Democrat Jerry Brown, and attorney general, Xavier Becerra, two most visible faces of California in institutional confrontation with White House. The Justice Department says the laws, "reflect a deliberate effort by California to obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law".
"It's about dividing America", Brown said, adding that Sessions was acting more like Fox News than the country's top law enforcement official. The suit seeks to dissolve the state's structures and laws that enable it to ignore immigration orders to effectively show other cities and states resisting Trump's rules that they will eventually have to acquiesce.
But there is a federal law that prohibits states and cities from interfering or prohibiting communication between local law enforcement and the feds about a person's immigration status. "We know the Trump administration is full of liars".
Sessions' appearance at California's capital comes less than two weeks after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents of an imminent raid by federal immigration agents, a move harshly criticized by ICE.
This policy of not collaborating with ICE is called sanctuary, a term without real legal definition that groups in general criterion of not using public force to pursue immigrants.
In comments last week, Ms. Schaaf said she had not publicized any information that endangered ICE officers.
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". So obviously the attorney general has found it hard to be just a normal attorney general.
Sessions excoriated Schaaf in his speech, repeatedly blasting her immigration raid warning, citing Homan's comments that more than 800 criminals were able to avoid arrest because of the mayor's actions.
Becerra, on his part, defended the constitutionality of California laws and said that state and local entities had the right to determine policies that were best for them. The new lawsuit says those requests are improper, and the state has "no lawful interest in investigating federal law enforcement efforts".
"Here's my message - how dare you". Jeff, se political stunts may be norm in Washington, but y don't work here. SAD!
"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day", Brown said in statement.
The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced the federal government's primacy in enforcing immigration law when it blocked much of Arizona's tough 2010 immigration law on similar grounds.