DOJ Sues State Of California For Harboring With 'Sanctuary State' Laws

The Department of Justice is suing California over sanctuary laws that interfere with immigration enforcement.

Sacramento, CA – One day after a Maryland court ruled that President Donald Trump’s phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was legal, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state and its top officials that puts a stop to so-called "sanctuary state" laws.

"The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you," Sessions was expected to say at the California Peace Officers Association gathering on Wednesday, CNN reported, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. And I believe that we are going to win."

California Governor Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are both named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) is trying to get rid of three laws that were passed last year which made it a crime for business owners to voluntarily help federal immigration officials find and detain illegal immigrants, prohibited local law enforcement from alerting immigration officials when illegal aliens were released from custody after having been arrested, and created a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“California has chosen to purposefully contradict the will and responsibility of the Congress to protect our Homeland," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement thanking Sessions efforts to "uphold the rule of law and protect American communities."

Officials said that other states who try to pass sanctuary laws will be targeted, too.

Supporters of sanctuary state laws are concerned that President Trump’s administration has a stronger position on this issue than it has had in other immigration battles where they sought to ban immigrants from certain countries.

The Los Angeles Times reported that California was in uncharted legal territory, imposing barriers aimed at undermining federal law enforcement efforts.

In its argument, the DoJ has cited multiple incidents recently when California’s new laws prevented Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from taking people arrested for serious crimes into custody.

They have cited Ventura County’s recent refusal to turn over a suspect arrested for sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sacramento County jail officials also refused to hand over a car-theft suspect to ICE, and Alameda County jail officials wouldn’t turn over a convicted drug dealer arrested for felony drug possession while armed.

State officials claim those examples are the exception rather than the rule, but not all California lawmakers are on board with the sanctuary policies, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sanctuary state advocates claim that more than half of Californians support making the state an official sanctuary for illegal immigrants; however, a 2015 study for University of California – Berkeley actually showed something quite different. That poll discovered that 74 percent of respondents opposed sanctuary policies, according to Politifact California.

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Rving
Rving

In this case Fed law trumps State law...a law suit? More money and years of litigation. Sessions can bring and should and army of Federal law enforcement to any state doing this, arrest them, send them back the same day and arrest any politician who protects them...

BikesAndBlues
BikesAndBlues

Follow through on the lawsuit, and also withold all Federal money including grants and scholarships until the Nutcase of California (Brown) learns the error of his ways.

Marse Robert
Marse Robert

California is a cesspool of liberal idiocy,i can only shake my head in disgust everytime i read a story about another act of sedition or malfeasance from some corrupt Government official , the Oakland Mayor takes the Cake, putting all those officers at risk, Needlessly!, she should be arrested! make an example of her!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

From not plugging the dam to the ICE issues, Jerry Brown needs to be replaced. He's an idiot who's putting the safety and lives of people in jeopardy.

chhenley
chhenley

Session’s lawsuit against California amounts to little more than meaningless stalling. He needs to STRICTLY ENFORCE the EXISTING laws.

  1. NO 'entitlement' benefits to ANY non-citizens.
    (NO welfare, NO food stamps, NO free/subsidized housing, NO free medical services, NO free college education).
  2. REQUIRE FULL REPAYMENT of ALL ‘entitlement benefits’ PRIOR TO ‘legalized’status.
  3. NO voting rights to NON-citizens.
  4. Automatic PERMANENT deportation (or death penalty upon return) to serial deportees.
  5. Immediate PERMANENT deportation for criminals and ALL of their family members.
  6. Withhold ALL federal funding to Sanctuary cities & states.
  7. ARREST ALL representatives who violate federal immigration and voting laws.