Justice Department to sue California over 'sanctuary' laws

Jail officials only will be allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.

Sessions said, "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open borders agenda?" And I think we're going to win. These policies became popular nationwide during the Obama administration, which deported a record number of immigrants.

Both Mr Sessions and Mr Trump have blamed crime and gang violence on "sanctuary laws" protecting immigrants. Sessions has not saved qualifiers against all administrations that practice this policy, saying that y jeopardize security of Americans, since this Government considers that immigration and criminality always go hand by side.

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

Nowhere has that confrontation been as intense as in California. "We didn't pass these laws to protect people with serious criminal backgrounds".

"California has no authority to enforce laws that obstruct or otherwise conflict with, or discriminate against, federal immigration enforcement efforts", the Justice Department said in its lawsuit, which claimed that the federal government has "undoubted, preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters".

Earlier on Wednesday Mr Sessions told a group of law enforcement officers that "California is using every power it has - and some it doesn't - to frustrate federal law enforcement". Jeff, can se political tricks be norm in Washington, but y don't work here. Sad!

"How dare you?" Sessions said of Schaaf at a California Peace Officers Association meeting in Sacramento. Wasting time and energy on politically-driven lawsuits will do nothing to make our communities safer.

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Prosecutor Becerra, son of immigrants, has sued Trump's government a score of times.

The California laws were passed in response to Trump's promises to sharply ramp up the deportation of people living in the USA illegally.

The complaint names state laws AB 450, SB 54 and AB 103 and alleges that each was created to impede existing immigration laws.

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

"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community, 800 warranted criminals that ICE will have to pursue by other means, with more difficulty and in unsafe situations, all because of one irresponsible action".

The President himself called illegal immigrants rapists and criminals on the campaign trail.

The Justice Department, in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sacramento, is challenging three California laws that bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities.

The Justice Department seeks to block three new laws. They're talking about a Supreme Court case from several years ago where the Obama Justice Department sued Arizona over some very punitive immigration laws that Arizona had passed.

  • Megan Austin