Sessions slams sanctuary laws in speech to California police officers


The right-wing outrage over "sanctuary" laws has always been a shameless dog whistle meant to demonize brown people and shift the public's attention from the implications of Congress' failures to enact sensible immigration reform.

In his speech Wednesday, Sessions offered a message directly to Schaaf: "How dare you, how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open-borders agenda".

The lawsuit alleges the three laws enacted a year ago are "a deliberate effort by California to obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law".

The Justice Department says those laws are unconstitutional and the Constitution gives the federal government alone, and not the states, the power to set immigration policy.

Speaking to the California Peace Officers' Association in Sacramento, Sessions said that Congress, President Donald Trump, and the American people want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal law enforcement officers to be able carry out their duties.

He told officers at the meeting, "California is using every power it has, and some it doesn't, to frustrate federal law enforcement". Sessions has called it "unconscionable".

Brown said when signing it in October that the law doesn't interfere with the work of federal immigration agencies, but merely "prohibits the commandeering of local officials to do the work of immigration agents".

"Our track record so far when it comes to any dispute with the federal government has been pretty good on this count", Becerra said Tuesday night.

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Meanwhile, California officials are prepared to fight back and hold their stance against Trump's decidedly anti-immigrant policies.

The governor and state Attorney General Javier Becerra, who has sued the Trump administration numerous times, held a news conference just blocks from where Sessions spoke at a hotel, but they never interacted.

"I'm afraid this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said.

But Sessions said it is more than one mayor.

"We're in the business of public safety, not deportation", he said.

Sessions said the supremacy of federal authority has been settled since the Civil War and invited doubters to visit Gettysburg battlefield or the tombstones of Abraham Lincoln and slavery-defending South Carolina Sen. And those who take the law and illegality.

Brown speculated that Sessions' dig on California may be an attempt to ease an openly rocky relationship with the president, saying, "Maybe he's trying to keep his job because the president is not too happy with him". Jerry Brown in 2017 cover three main areas: preventing the communication of local officials to federal officials over release dates of immigrants except in serious criminal cases, restricting the cooperation of private employers, and requiring federal officials to inspect and review of immigrant detention facilities in California. 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. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared in Sacramento, where he announced the lawsuit while expressing outrage in what can only be characterized as a lecture.

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