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Trump 'basically going to war' with California, Jerry Brown says

08 March 2018

One of the laws limits state and local cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while another prevents private companies from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration enforcement officials.

Bay Area officials are sounding off after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuit against California over immigration policies.

"California, we have a problem", Sessions said in a speech to law enforcement officials Wednesday, The New York Times reports. The Justice Department's complaint cites the 2012 Supreme Court case United States v. Arizona, in which the Obama administration successfully argued that portions of an Arizona law aimed at bolstering immigration enforcement were unconstitutional because they conflicted with federal immigration law.

Sessions criticized Mayor Libby Schaaf in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement officials after he sued California over laws that restrict cooperation with US immigration authorities.

The Trump administration has officially taken California to court in an effort to undo state legislation that protects undocumented immigrants.

Brown lashed back defiantly after Sessions spoke not far from the governor's offices.

He told officers at the meeting, "California is using every power it has, and some it doesn't, to frustrate federal law enforcement".

Sessions attacked California lawmakers for what he viewed as obstruction against immigration agents doing their jobs.

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"Despite how (De León) has presented the issue, the law enforcement profession, which CPOA represents, can not and does not engage in immigration enforcement".

Some of the individuals arrested during this operation will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after deportation.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California", Gov.

Others in California seem equally confident that the state had not broken the law. In response to this stunt, I want my message to be clear to Attorney General Sessions: your threats will not change who we are. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the USA after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country, said the agency in a press statement, adding that the remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future. Sessions said at a news conference. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand".

Still, it's in the political interests of both Trump and California Democrats to keep the firefight over sanctuary and immigration policy going - few issues animate greater passion in both red and blue America.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) was told the Post that he felt "states and local jurisdictions have the right to determine which policies are best for their communities", which would mean the state had not violated the Constitution.

In a statement previous year 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".

Trump 'basically going to war' with California, Jerry Brown says