The Trump administration and Jeff Sessions have doubled down on their attack on “sanctuary city” policies. “Sanctuary city” policies are policies designed and implemented to limit the scoop of which local and state law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The latest tactic by the Sessions led Department of Justice (DOJ) is a lawsuit against California for passing such measures. In fact, California recently passed the California Value’s Act, which limits who and how law enforcement can detain people based on immigration violations, according to the LA Times.
California officials have taken a strong stance against President Trump and his administration’s immigration policies and rhetoric. The California Values Act is the most significant move in that fight. The law was likely to end up in court just after it was passed. Sessions held a press conference today in Sacramento to announce the lawsuit that was filed earlier this week.
“We are going to fight these irrational, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you and our federal officers,” Sessions said in a press conference about the lawsuit. “We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. We are fighting to have a lawful system of immigration that serves Americans. And we intend to win.”
California officials are being very vocal about their desire to fight against the lawsuit.
Our nation’s Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is suing CA because we refuse to help the Trump administration tear apart honest, hardworking immigrant families. To that, I say BRING IT ON! CA will not be intimidiated.
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) March 7, 2018
Kevin de León is currently running against Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the Senate.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra left his position as representative to come back to California to fight back against Trump’s immigration policies. When he first took the position, Becerra hinted that he knew that he would have to legally fight the Trump administration and that he was ready. According to The Washington Post, that sentiment has not changed.
“States and local jurisdictions have the right to determine which policies are best for their communities,” Becerra told The Washington Post. He added: “Our track record so far when it comes to any dispute with the federal government has been pretty good on this count.”