Trump administration to sue California over 'sanctuary cities' laws

Trump administration to sue California over 'sanctuary cities' laws

Trump administration to sue California over 'sanctuary cities' laws

"In California, our state laws work in concert with federal law", Becerra said in a call with reporters Tuesday evening.

Sessions planned to discuss the lawsuit Wednesday at an annual gathering of law enforcement officers in Sacramento.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make a "major sanctuary jurisdiction" announcement in Sacramento on Wednesday, his office announced. "And I believe that we are going to win". Jerry Brown, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - the elected official who, perhaps more than any other, has made protection of criminal illegal aliens and "resistance" to President Donald Trump's immigration agenda his signature policy.

The Trump administration and the Justice Department have been waging an increasingly acrimonious battle with sanctuary jurisdictions, although the latest lawsuit is perhaps the most consequential step yet.

Sessions and the Department of Justice took their own action in January when it sent letters to 23 jurisdictions across the country that receive federal law enforcement grants, threatening subpoenas and grant cuts if those jurisdictions didn't provide proof they are complying with federal immigration rules.

The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. Sessions says that makes cities more unsafe. United States as precedent for their case.

"This administration has tried to portray all immigrants as villains".

The law also requires disclosure of privileged federal records.

Carol Leveroni, executive director of the 20,000-member California Peace Officers Association, said they invited Sessions in hopes of gaining clarity on how law enforcement can follow California's sanctuary state law, Senate Bill 54, while still following federal mandates.

A second law restricts state and local law enforcement from voluntarily sharing information with the feds about the release dates of undocumented people in their custody. The Department of Justice declined to comment when asked this week about whether a probe was underway. Toward the end of the Obama administration, for example, it sued North Carolina over what came to be known as the "bathroom bill", which barred transgender people from using restrooms that did not correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. "That is now under review by the Department of Justice". He told Sessions and others that his administration has targeted members of the violent MS-13 gang but has been "getting no help from the state of California".

The third law, meanwhile, empowers the state to inspect federal immigration detention centers.

"They're no good", Trump previously said of sanctuary cities.

As a result, the Justice Department says, immigration agents face greater danger in re-arresting the former prisoners once they're back on the streets.

The suit is coming now because California has just passed through the department's review process, officials said. As Brown was contemplating signing a law late previous year that would limit how state and local police could cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, Sessions said publicly that the measure would endanger law enforcement officers and neighborhoods.

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