Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make 'major' Sanctuary City announcement in Sacramento

The suit was filed in the Sacramento federal court Tuesday and names Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants The suit was filed in the Sacramento federal court Tuesday and names Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants
Sherri Watson | 07 March, 2018, 14:45

Jerry Brown has slammed the Trump administration's latest salvo against the Golden State - the Justice Department announced Tuesday night it is suing to block state laws that extend protections to people living in the USA illegally - claiming it's a move that will "further divide and polarize America".

The sheriffs association was the only one of those groups to oppose Senate Bill 54, the law passed past year that limits state and local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The legal battle pits U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov.

Sessions' announcement is part of the annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. And I believe we are going to win", according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks. Justice Department officials, speaking to reporters Tuesday, said that violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which renders invalid state laws that conflict with federal ones.

It also prevents local authorities from acting as immigration agents, but it does not restrict California sheriffs from giving jail access to federal agents. But U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said the DOJ could require Byrne Memorial grant recipients to certify compliance with the federal immigration law at issue.

State officials say those suspects are the exception and do not reflect those the law is created to protect, who are primarily people jailed for low-level offenses.

California officials consistently have sought to stymie Trump's efforts to impose policies incompatible with the more permissive vision of the state's leaders and the liberal leanings of its electorate.

The suit, which administration lawyers planned to file in federal court in Sacramento, considerably raises the tension between the administration and the most populous state in the country. The DOJ does not plan to argue that Section 1373 requires local law enforcement to hold people exclusively based on ICE requests ― known as "detainers" ― which many jurisdictions have rejected based on cost and constitutionality concerns.

Leveroni's law enforcement advocacy organization has publicly opposed Senate Bill 54, known as the "sanctuary state" bill that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law past year.

Sessions, under Trump's orders, began a campaign against "sanctuary" policies that sheltered or protected undocumented immigrants from being deported.

In a statement previous year the association's president, Gardena Police Chief Ed Madrano, said the compromise "addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations".

Meanwhile, the suit states existing federal laws give the executive branch "authority to inspect, investigate, arrest, detain, and remove aliens who are suspected of being, or found to be, unlawfully in the United States".