Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Jeff Sessions slams California immigration policy, says 'sanctuary' laws defy common sense

Jeff Sessions slams California immigration policy, says 'sanctuary' laws defy common sense

The nation's top cop will speak about "sanctuary jurisdiction" issues at an annual conference organized by California Peace Officers' Association, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sessions particularly called out Oakland's mayor, Libby Schaaf, after she tipped off an immigrant community to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, as an example of what he sees as California's lawlessness.

The Justice Department says those laws are unconstitutional and the Constitution gives the federal government alone, and not the states, the power to set immigration policy.

"California is using every power it has - and some it doesn't - to frustrate federal law enforcement", Sessions said.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra disagreed with the DOJ that it has endangered law enforcement officers with its tactics.

Ironically, the Obama administration, through Attorney General Eric Holder, challenged an Arizona immigration law on similar grounds to those that Sessions is using to confront California - and prevailed at the Supreme Court.

State officials say the policies increase public safety by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement, while allowing police resources to be used to fight other crimes. The Justice Department is seeking to overturn those laws.

But while the GOP candidates are playing to their base with the sanctuary-bashing, polls have shown that California voters at large back sanctuary policies in general and the sanctuary state law specifically.

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Brown's signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement activities starting January 1.

"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. In response to this sanctuary state law, the Trump administration had made a decision to bring the state into court, suing Democratic Gov.

"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. Immigrants have not been the mass murderers - we grow those crazies right here in America - and Sessions wouldn't dare file suit against the NRA to stop and desist in lobbying the government, because he is afraid of them.

The lawsuit also spells out in the clearest detail yet how California's much-vaunted resistance has thrown a wrench in the wheels of the administration's deportation plans. Jerry Brown told reporters Wednesday.

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

"Her actions support those who flout the law, and [that] only validates illegality", he said. Last October, California chose to fire the first salvo by declaring itself a sanctuary state. Sessions was hopping mad while echoing ICE Director Thomas Homan's previous accusations that Schaaf had given the heads up to 800 criminals who managed to avoid arrest.

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

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