In January, it threatened 23 so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with subpoenas if they fail to provide documents to show whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities.
Blasting the evils of sanctuary cities has always been a reliable crowd-pleaser at Donald Trump rallies, but it is a trio of state laws at issue in this lawsuit: one that prohibits employers from cooperating with an ICE raid unless ICE first obtains a warrant or subpoena; one that bars state law enforcement officials from sharing with their federal counterparts information about certain detainees' immigration status; and one that allows the state to inspect privately-run federal immigration detention facilities within its borders to determine, among other things, whether detainees have been afforded due process.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking the fight over the nation's immigration policy directly to California by suing to block state laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally.
"At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America", Brown said on Twitter. Department of Justice lawyers filed the suit in federal court on Tuesday. He accused Sessions of "going to war" with California to appease President Donald Trump.
Brown said when signing it in October that the law doesn't interfere with the work of federal immigration agencies, but merely "prohibits the commandeering of local officials to do the work of immigration agents". 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.
California is home to the largest number of undocumented immigrants, almost one-quarter of the estimated 11 million in total across the United States. He appeared unconcerned with the pending legal battle, citing instead the state's record of success against the Trump administration.
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Governor Brown is calling the lawsuit "a stunt", but US Attorney General Jeff Sessions begs to differ. Sessions had strong words for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who issued an unusual public warning last month that she was tipped off that an immigration operation was imminent, perhaps within 24 hours. "We're not in the business of deportations".
"There is no nullification; there is no secession", Sessions said. "The position that's taken by California to me, is not only unlawful, but radical".
In his speech, Session said he does not "want to be in this position of having to challenge these [California] laws" but that he can't sit by while the federal government is flouted.
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". "We are going to continue to be who we are proud to be and that is a city of inclusion, a city that protects immigrants".
In remarks during a press conference, Attorney General Becerra argued that California's laws deterring cooperation with ICE are constitutional.