California Governor, Attorney General Blast Fed Lawsuit Over Sanctuary Policies

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against

Mandel Ngan AFP Getty Images Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against"sanctuary policies for years

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.

The California Peace Officers Association said the conflicting rules are creating confusion for police on the street and are now looking for Sessions to clarify those issues.

Sessions and the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of California over its Sanctuary State status.

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday he will "use every power I have to stop" California from impeding federal immigration officers. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America".

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.

The Trump administration has officially taken California to court in an effort to undo state legislation that protects undocumented immigrants. The Department of Justice declined to comment when asked this week about whether a probe was underway. Sessions has called it "unconscionable". 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.

Late Tuesday, California Gov.

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In his speech, Sessions praised the Trump administration's strong stance on enforcing immigration law.

Others in California seem equally confident that the state had not broken the law.

"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf-how dare you".

"It's a bit like a child being sent off to school or into public and being told to behave one way by their mother and another way by their father", said former Sacramento Police officer John McGinness. Last October, California made a decision to fire the first salvo by declaring itself a sanctuary state. Sessions said at a news conference. Brown declared the lawsuit "SAD!" in a Trump-like statement, while the Democrats running to replace him decried Sessions' move.

"I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration, but the law is in the books and its purposes are clear and just".

In a statement a year ago the association's president, Gardena Police Chief Ed Madrano, said the compromise "addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations". 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.

"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 risky situations - all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said.

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