California Lawmakers Vow to Fight Trump Administration's Lawsuit Targeting 'Sanctuary State' Bills

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last October

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last October. Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In July, Sessions announced that only cities and states cooperating with immigration agents could receive certain grants.

Several other states including Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont have "sanctuary laws", according to the Center for Immigration Studies. A senior Justice Department official said there is no update if Schaaf will be charged. The Trump administration has sought to demonstrate that it will not tolerate noncompliance with federal immigration enforcement; California's top officials, self-proclaimed leaders of the anti-Trump resistance, have pushed the state to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as little as possible.

The administration has lost in majority, especially in its efforts to restrict immigration from a number of mostly Muslim countries.

Sessions says California's laws are unconstitutional and a "plain violation of common sense". "We do, however, have a sworn duty to protect our communities from the release of potentially unsafe criminals, wherever they may come from", said current president of CPOA, Beverly Hills Police Department Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood in a September statement. California legislature and the governor by signing the bill, put us on a position that we have to go to court.

At a speech before a state law enforcement lobbying group in Sacramento this morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, accusing her of endangering the lives of police officers to advance a "radical open border agenda". Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here. SAD!

Sessions said sanctuary laws "intentionally obstruct the work of our sworn immigration enforcement officers to intentionally use every power it has to undermine duly-established immigration law in America". "Oakland is a city of immigrants", Schaaf said.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy", Brown said in a press conference Wednesday.

As a former federal prosecutor, I know firsthand how critical trust of local law enforcement is to maintaining a safe community - and I'm not alone. A divided Supreme Court voted 5 to 3 to invalidate some big parts of that Arizona law on the grounds that the federal government has supremacy here, that the feds trump state law.

The lawsuit is also of note because it is the first to place a state against the Justice Department and the DOJ's ongoing behavior in regards to immigration.

Sacramento police say nobody was arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday outside a hotel where Sessions spoke to California law enforcement officials.

This lawsuit is a misguided waste of federal resources - much like the Administration's indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement that has entangled hard-working residents, including the recent deportation of a Bay Area nurse and mother of three.

Both Mr Sessions and Mr Trump have blamed crime and gang violence on "sanctuary laws" protecting immigrants.

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