Trump Administration Challenges California's Immigration Laws in Court

Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary-State Law

The suit named Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both strident defenders of undocumented immigrants, as defendants.

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

Sessions has blamed sanctuary city policies for crime and gang violence.

Schaaf issued an unusual public warning last month about an immigration operation in Northern California. The nation's top law enforcement official will promise to "fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you", according to advanced excerpts of his speech.

At a speech before a state law enforcement lobbying group in Sacramento this morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, accusing her of endangering the lives of police officers to advance a "radical open border agenda".

Several Democratic elected officials joined demonstrators and spoke to the crowd with a bullhorn.

Fresh off his announcement of a lawsuit to block California's sanctuary state policies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will join Shannon Bream, tonight at 11:00pm ET, on Fox News Channel.

But he told the California police officials at the conference that he and the Trump administration "have got your back".

"I'm afraid this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said. It accuses the state of blocking federal immigration enforcement efforts. Brown wouldn't comment on that. Justice Department officials said that violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which renders state laws invalid if they conflict with federal ones.

How will California's political leaders react? Sessions claims that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers "failed to make 800 arrests" because of Schaaf's statements. "What they've done is force my officers to arrest risky criminals on their turf, in their homes and their places of business rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail, its ridiculous".

Sessions says California's laws are unconstitutional and a "plain violation of common sense". He is scheduled to speak at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel - the new hotel next to the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento - at 8:05 a.m.

Brown called the lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento Tuesday "a political stunt" and accused the administration of President Donald Trump of "basically going to war against the state of California". There was a heavy presence of police on horses and bicycles and a helicopter overhead.

Wouldn't it be nice if Jeff Sessions wanted to invoke "federal law precedence", over all the states' failing gun controls in order to halt the unrestricted sale of automatic weapons to just about anybody who wants them?

The California law does have exceptions in the cases of immigrants who have been convicted of many types of crimes, but the Justice Department lawsuit notes that the superseding federal regulation doesn't make these distinctions.

"What changed for me was the knowledge that there are two dozen witnesses that Michael Horowitz, the [DOJ] Inspector General, would not have access to", Gowdy said on FNC.

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