Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Judge won't order grant award in California immigration suit

Judge won't order grant award in California immigration suit

"California has no authority to enforce laws that obstruct or otherwise conflict with, or discriminate against, federal immigration enforcement efforts", the Justice Department said in its lawsuit, which claimed that the federal government has "undoubted, preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters".

"The provisions of state law at issue have the objective and effect of making it more hard for federal immigration officers to carry out their responsibilities in California", Justice Department lawyers argue in the suit, further calling the laws an "obstacle to the United States' enforcement of the immigration laws and discriminating against federal immigration enforcement".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will address the lawsuit in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement organizations in California.

These statutes prohibit local and state law enforcement agents from asking someone about their legal status or from voluntarily telling immigration officials when a possible criminal alien is set to be released from prison.

California lawmakers have lashed out at the Trump administration's plans to sue the state over its sanctuary policies.

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The Department of Justice announced Sessions will attend the annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers Association and several other groups.

"This is a very aggressive act on the part of the Trump administration", Mr Brown said.

Sessions specifically called out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in his remarks after she gave illegal immigrants a "heads up" that ICE agents were coming to apprehend them.

Sessions has blamed sanctuary city policies for crime and gang violence. And he said local sheriffs can still allow deportation officers access to their jails, if they wish. California Gov. Jerry Brown was already tweeting in response, with a not-so-subtle dig at President Trump's tweeting style. Now we have the attorney general doing precisely that.

The justice department has threatened to cut off funding to jurisdictions which resist its policies and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said it planned to increase its presence in California. The new lawsuit says those requests are improper, and the state has "no lawful interest in investigating federal law enforcement efforts".

Leveroni's law enforcement advocacy organization has publicly opposed Senate Bill 54, known as the "sanctuary state" bill that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law previous year.

"So here's my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you". Brown told the AG that "political stunts" like those work in Washington, not California.

The Justice Department is suing California over its sanctuary state policies. Brown says the actions are about dividing America.

By this time we've all become used to a familiar pattern in certain blue states, particularly California.

A few dozen protesters gathered on the sidewalk Wednesday outside the downtown hotel where Sessions spoke, chanting and holding signs saying "Crush ICE" and "First They Came For Immigrants".

"Look, we know the Trump administration is full of liars", he said.

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