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Justice Department will sue California over three 'sanctuary state' laws

07 March 2018, 11:45 | Damon Campbell

Trump administration suing to block California laws protecting immigrants living illegally in the US

Foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement aimed at immigration fugitives re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles on Feb. 7 2017

"We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America". "We don't get in the way of the federal government in doing immigration enforcement, unless of course they do so in an unconstitutional manner".

Brown issued a statement Tuesday night that called the federal lawsuit "SAD!" and a political stunt. The lawsuit will challenge three laws that DOJ officials say hurt the government's ability to carry out immigration enforcement. None of the groups favored the state law restricting cooperation with immigration officials, but only the California State Sheriffs' Association was actively opposed and some individual officials voiced support.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento just after 9 p.m.

Sessions is expected to formally announce the lawsuit, which will name as defendants the state ofCalifornia, Governor Jerry Brown and the state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, during a speech on Wednesday morning in Sacramento.

The most prominent of the three California laws is SB 54, which Brown signed in October and went into effect January 1 in spite of criticism from Sessions and other Trump officials. In addition to violating the Supremacy Clause, DOJ alleges that SB 54 violates a law enacted by Congress which promotes sharing information related to immigration enforcement. "We didn't pass these laws to protect people with serious criminal backgrounds".

Numerous cities and counties had already declared themselves immigrant sanctuaries, meaning they would not cooperate with federal immigration agents seeking to round up illegal immigrants. In this case, it is California that is arguably in uncharted legal territory, imposing barriers aimed at undermining federal law enforcement efforts.

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The centerpiece of California's resistance to President Donald Trump's promised immigration crackdown, the law limits who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration officials, and it bars officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

When the law was under consideration in the Legislature, former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who headed the Justice Department in the Obama administration and now represents the state Senate, wrote a letter defending the measure's constitutionality.

The laws make it a crime for business owners to voluntarily help federal agents find and detain undocumented workers, prohibit local law enforcement from alerting immigration agents when detainees are released from custody, and create a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers.

The acting director of the Justice Department Thomas Homan said on "Fox & Friends" last week that they are considering charging Schaaf with obstruction of justice. 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.

"We do, however, have a sworn duty to protect our communities from the release of potentially unsafe criminals, wherever they may come from", said current president of CPOA, Beverly Hills Police Department Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood in a September statement.

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