California Braces For Legal Battle Over Trump's Immigration Orders

Glen Norman
March 8, 2018

Brown, who did not attend Sessions' speech at the California Peace Officers Association event, said the laws were not enacted to disrupt ICE agents but to protect undocumented immigrants in the state's bustling workforce.

Senate Bill 54, Assembly Bill 103 and Assembly Bill 450 - the three laws that Sessions sued over - restrict California law enforcement officials from cooperating on federal immigration actions, limit the ability of local jails to contract with the federal government to house immigrant detainees, and require employers to ask for a warrant before allowing immigration authorities to conduct a workplace raid.

The mayor of Oakland, California, responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by repeating the "How dare you?" phrase he used after she warned of a recent federal immigration raid. Attempts to require local law enforcement officials to enforce federal law-something that is most certainly not their job-cost millions of dollars and, by deterring cooperation with police, make it hard to do the day-to-day work of keeping people safe.

Becerra defended the law under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which he said gives California the right to decline to participate in civil immigration enforcement. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement officials just to promote a radical open borders agenda?" "Brown also talked about the contributions undocumented immigrants have made to his state, saying millions have lived and worked here for many years and are a big part of California's economy, which the governor called the "engine" of America's economy". The Justice Department is seeking to overturn those laws.

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

The fate of immigration policy in California is increasingly in the hands of federal judges. "But we will not back down from our commitment to keep parents with their children", Morales said.

"This is basically going to war against the state of California", Gov.

"We know the Trump administration is full of liars", Brown said.

The Trump administration is arguing that the sanctuary laws violate the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which generally holds that federal law prevails in conflicts between state and federal laws.

But Sessions said it is more than one mayor. "They will not shake our beliefs", Farrell said in a statement directed toward Sessions. Schaaf said Tuesday that the city would "continue to inform all residents about their constitutional rights". "Her actions support those who flout our laws and boldly validate the illegality", he said. Brown declared the lawsuit "SAD!" in a Trump-like statement, while the Democrats running to replace him decried Sessions' move.

He added that "ICE agents do incredible work every day, they're not backing down, they're not going to be deterred, and we're not going to stop enforcing the law in Alabama, or California, either, for that matter".

Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra appear at a press conference in Sacramento, March 7, 2018. Sessions was hopping mad while echoing ICE Director Thomas Homan's previous accusations that Schaaf had given the heads up to 800 criminals who managed to avoid arrest.

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