Department Of Justice To Sue California Over 'Sanctuary' Policies

Randolph Lopez
March 7, 2018

Sessions' appearance at California's capital comes less than two weeks after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents of an imminent raid by federal immigration agents, a move harshly criticized by ICE. There is no formal definition of a "sanctuary" jurisdiction, but the Justice Department has put dozens of other locales in its crosshairs, this year threatening to subpoena 23 jurisdictions, including Chicago and New York City, it suspects of unlawfully interfering with federal immigration enforcement.

The complaint, alleges "California has no authority to enforce laws that obstruct or otherwise conflict with, or discriminate against, federal immigration enforcement efforts".

The Justice Department filing says all three laws improperly attempt to regulate federal immigration at the state level.

Get the full story in the video above. "And I believe we are going to win", according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks. Proponents of laws like the one in California argue that by sharing arrest information with the federal government, they're in compliance; but the DOJ plans to argue that Section 1373 also requires them to share things like when an individual is set to be released.

"At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America", Brown said on Twitter, adding: Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here. SAD!

SB 54, also coming into effect January 1, affects law enforcement officials, holding them statewide to the "sanctuary" standard previously in place in cities like San Francisco under penalty of state law.

Becerra has proved to be a thorn in the Trump administration's side.

It is the latest salvo in an escalating feud between the Trump administration and California, which has resisted the president on issues like taxes and marijuana policy and defiantly refuses to help federal agents detain and deport undocumented immigrants.

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"The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you".

"Our duty at the Department of Homeland Security is to enforce and uphold the nation's security laws as passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.

The laws make it a crime for business owners to voluntarily help federal agents find and detain undocumented workers, prohibit local law enforcement from alerting immigration agents when detainees are released from custody, and create a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers.

The law limits who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration officials.

But Arthur Schaper with LA County for Trump says Senate Bill 54 goes against federal law.

The lawsuit claims these state laws are preempted by federal law and violate the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

The lawsuit combats California's "sanctuary state" laws that shield immigrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The acting director of the Justice Department Thomas Homan said on "Fox & Friends" last week that they are considering charging Schaaf with obstruction of justice.

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