Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that the Department of Justice is going to war against sanctuary state California. Sessions made his announcement in California no less, showing that the federal government will not be intimidated by the horrendous policies of the state.
California has led the way in sanctuary policies. Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills into law that limited cooperation between state law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the Border Patrol:
“Senate Bill 54, which took effect Jan. 1, bars state and local law enforcement officials from asking people their immigration status, prohibits them from holding migrants for pickup by ICE, and limits how much information they’re allowed to provide to ICE officers.
“Assembly Bill 103, which became law last summer, requires a state-run inspection of migrants held in federal prisons — including the circumstances of their arrest and their processing. The new lawsuit says those requests are improper, and the state has “no lawful interest in investigating federal law enforcement efforts.”
“Assembly Bill 450, which took effect Jan. 1, prohibits private employers from voluntarily sharing information with federal immigration officials or allowing officers in private areas of their business.”
Sessions is asking the federal district court in Sacramento to put an end to those laws. He argues that they “not only trample on the federal government’s powers to set national immigration policy, but endanger communities by freeing criminals back onto the streets.”
“The Department of Justice and Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,” Mr. Sessions will say in a speech Wednesday to the California Peace Officers Association, where he’s expected to announce the lawsuit.
This comes after the Attorney General in California said the Trump Administration was “terrorizing” immigrant communities. ICE swept through the bay area and arrested 200 deportable illegal immigrants. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf even tipped off immigrants that ICE would be making a sweep through their community. An estimated 800 criminal immigrants may have escaped arrest. Schaaf is under investigation for this warning.
But this is just the beginning. California may be the most egregious violator of federal law but the DOJ is looking at other communities as well:
“A senior Department of Justice official said they targeted California because the laws recently went into effect, but said they are reviewing laws in other states, too.
“The California lawsuit says the state is attempting to interfere with federal immigration enforcement.
“Much of the complaint hinges on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling where the justices overturned part of Arizona’s state immigration laws, saying states couldn’t be allowed to create a patchwork of policies.
“In that case, Arizona had sought to help boost enforcement by pushing local police to inquire about immigration status, and had sought to impose its own punishments on illegal immigrants. The high court ruled the state’s independent penalties amounted to interference with federal policy.
“The Trump administration says that if Arizona’s efforts to help federal authorities were illegal, then California’s efforts to ‘obstruct’ also are illegal.”
Needless to say, this is just the beginning.