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Jeff Sessions calls out California on immigration failures after announcing lawsuit

Jeff Sessions calls out California on immigration failures after announcing lawsuit

Amid escalating tensions between California and Washington over immigration raids, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is traveling to Sacramento to make a "major" announcement Wednesday about sanctuary cities.

The justice department has threatened to cut off funding to jurisdictions which resist its policies and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said it planned to increase its presence in California. "Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf", Sessions added.

Sessions criticized Mayor Libby Schaaf in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement officials after he sued California over laws that restrict cooperation with US immigration authorities.

Commonly known as the "sanctuary state" law, SB 54 has been by far the most controversial. He also said that he spoke with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on possible responses to the DOJ's lawsuit, and said that Legislature will have a response later today.

The action prompted quick and harsh protests from local officials, including the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who then boycotted a scheduled meeting at the White House.

The lawsuit by the Trump administration claims three of the state's laws intentionally undermine federal immigration law, according to The Associated Press.

Last fall, the California legislature passed the "California Values Act", which tried to insulate the heavily Democratic state from the administration's immigration policies.

That is to say, the law tells businesses that they can not let these feds wander around on their property and look through their stuff unless they have warrants. The suit seeks to dissolve the state's structures and laws that enable it to ignore immigration orders to effectively show other cities and states resisting Trump's rules that they will eventually have to acquiesce. I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration, but the law is in the books and its goal is clear.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce the case on Wednesday in California's capital, Sacramento, during an event with a state law enforcement association.

Supporters of the laws argue they make communities safer by encouraging undocumented victims of crime to come forward without fear of being detained.

Leveroni's law enforcement advocacy organization has publicly opposed Senate Bill 54, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law previous year making California a Sanctuary State.

States and cities say their policies are protecting the best interest of their citizens. California, however, has sued the Trump administration to release one barred grant, seeking a judge to certify that its laws are in compliance with federal laws.

The other two laws restrict private employers' cooperation with immigration officials and require inspections and reviews of immigrant detention facilities in the state.

The term can be a bit vague, but in general, "sanctuary city" refers to a city or municipality that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

"We know that this is not about enforcing federal law", Farrell said.

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

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