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Sessions defends sanctuary cities lawsuit against California

Sessions defends sanctuary cities lawsuit against California

Sessions was defiant as he spoke to local law enforcement officials about the lawsuit, citing a series of California laws that he says are unconstitutional and violate common sense.

When less than half of the individuals that ICE recently arrested in a Bay Area raid had a criminal record-and even fewer had a history of violence-the Trump administration's stated goals of protecting public safety are demonstrably false.

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.

Carol Leveroni, executive director of the California Peace Officers' Association, said her organization learned through various law enforcement liaisons last week that Sessions planned to come to California to make a sanctuary jurisdiction speech.

Becerra defended the law under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which he said gives California the right to decline to participate in civil immigration enforcement.

"California won't let employers voluntarily allow ICE agents on their property".

California Gov. Jerry Brown also blasted Mr. Trump and Sessions, saying he thinks Sessions is just trying to please his boss. He tweeted that it was "about time" for the federal government to end his state's sanctuary laws.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent. If the federal government believes there is a need to detain a criminal, we will honor a criminal warrant, as we always have, and we always will. But the West Coast state has quickly developed a knack for resisting, mobilizing to fight against multiple Trump White House decisions including climate change denial, attempts to end legal marijuana, and various measures to deport immigrants.

"What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California", said Brown. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the US after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country, said the agency in a press statement, adding that the remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

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

"But California, we have a problem", he said. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared in Sacramento, where he announced the lawsuit while expressing outrage in what can only be characterized as a lecture. "I'm afraid this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", he continued.

"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue by other means, with more difficulty in unsafe situations - all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said.

Dozens of demonstrators chanted "stand up, fight back" and "no justice, no peace" outside the hotel where the meeting was held and some blocked traffic on a major thoroughfare.


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