Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Justice Department Sues State Of California Over Immigration Laws

Jeff Sessions Justice Department Sues State Of California Over Immigration Laws
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 10:59

The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to undo California laws that extend protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally.

In addition to the ongoing litigation over sanctuary cities, the mayor of Oakland, California, recently drew sharp rebuke from federal officials when she announced in advance that Immigration and Customs Enforcement were preparing to hold enforcement operations in her city, which officials said allowed some priority targets to evade capture. "That is now under review by the Department of Justice".

CPOA had opposed the bill "for its restraint on the communications with our federal partners", Leveroni said. Jerry Brown. It went into effect on January 1 and prohibits police from asking questions about someone's immigration status during routine interactions.

Echoing the tone and favored language of President Trump on Twitter, Gov. That law also bars the transfer of undocumented people into federal custody.

The law largely exempts state prisons.

The suit argues that the measures are preempted by federal law and thus violate the Constitution's Supremacy Clause. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America". He will speak to the same conference later Wednesday.

In his statement, the state's governor took on Sessions. "Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here".

The Justice Department is still reviewing other states for possible legal action, a senior official told CBS News.

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging three California laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities.

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It says state or local government can not prevent their employees from communicating with Immigration and Naturalization Service officials regarding the citizenship or immigration status of any individual.

"I think it's going to be a hard fought case".


The suit is just the latest in a string of court battles over the trump administration's immigration policies.

But Arthur Schaper with LA County for Trump says Senate Bill 54 goes against federal law.

One prohibits employers from letting immigration agents enter worksites or view employee files without a subpoena or warrant, an effort to prevent workplace raids. Another law covers state and local law enforcement. The U.S. Justice Department says all three of those laws are an impermissible burden on federal authority. The state ultimately repealed and replaced the measure, and the Trump Justice Department said that meant the case should be dropped.

"Our track record so far when it comes to any dispute with the federal government has been pretty good", Becerra said. Toward the end of President Barack Obama's tenure, his administration sued North Carolina over what came to be known as the "bathroom bill", which barred transgender people from using restrooms that did not correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

JOHNSON: Yeah, it does.

Sessions, who has blamed sanctuary city policies for crime and gang violence, is set to speak Wednesday to groups representing police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, narcotics investigators and the California Highway Patrol. Sessions says that makes cities more risky. What kind of role is he playing in this case? He's going to pledge to fight what he calls unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies.

California Attorney General Xavier. So expect some big fireworks tomorrow.