Justice Department challenges California sanctuary laws using Obama lawsuit model

Justice Department challenges California sanctuary laws using Obama lawsuit model

Justice Department challenges California sanctuary laws using Obama lawsuit model

The Trump administration argues that California's laws are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law "shall be the supreme Law of the Land".

This lawsuit is a misguided waste of federal resources - much like the Administration's indiscriminate approach to immigration enforcement that has entangled hard-working residents, including the recent deportation of a Bay Area nurse and mother of three.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy", Brown said. Governor Jerry Brown has called Sessions's move an effort to "further divide and polarize America" at a time of great political stress.

California is home to the largest number of undocumented immigrants, almost one-quarter of the estimated 11 million in total across the United States.

Meanwhile, California Senate Leader Kevin de León gave an even more impassioned response, describing the suit's challenges to state laws as a "racist and xenophobic attack" that will tear apart families. "Our teams work together to go after drug dealers and go after gang violence".

In the time since Donald Trump won the presidential election, there has been an increasing amount of tension between lawmakers in Washington DC and lawmakers in California.

Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra held a press conference at the Capitol to defend the laws following a speech by Sessions to a law enforcement conference in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning. Immigrants have not been the mass murderers - we grow those crazies right here in America - and Sessions wouldn't dare file suit against the NRA to stop and desist in lobbying the government, because he is afraid of them.

He has previously called sanctuary cities "a trafficker, smuggler, or predator's best friend".

The final "sanctuary state" compromise brokered by Brown before its final passage largely exempts the state prison system from the new law.

The targeted laws signed by Gov. A second law bars private employers from allowing immigration officials to access employee records without a court order or subpoena. "The position that's taken by California to me, is not only unlawful, but radical". The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sacramento, targets California laws that extend protections for illegal immigrants living in the United States. Federal judges in Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia have thus far have rejected these arguments, ruling that the federal government couldn't retroactively add conditions to federal grant money.

Last month, President Trump said "if we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, 'Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves, ' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back".

One of the measures, entitled the California Values Act, bars local officials from informing federal officials about immigrants' release dates from jail except in serious criminal cases.

"How dare you vilify members of our community by trying to frighten the American public into believing that all undocumented residents are risky criminals?" she told reporters.

Los Angeles was the first city to adopt a Sanctuary City policy in 1979.

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