The case will test the power of the Trump administration to force California police departments and local governments to cooperate with deportations and other aggressive enforcement actions targeting people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas.
California became known as a "sanctuary state" after Senate Bill 54 was signed into law by Brown. The federal lawsuit seeks to undo a series of "sanctuary state" bills the state is trying to pass.
Some studies have concluded they are safer than other cities that lack sanctuary policies.
The attorney general took sharp aim at California's Democratic political leadership, including Oakland Mayor Elizabeth Schaff, for actions he claimed have shielded 800 criminal immigrants from federal immigration officers.
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The justice department has threatened to cut off funding to jurisdictions which resist its policies and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said it planned to increase its presence in California.
Last month, President Trump said, "If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, 'Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves, ' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back". But that's disingenuous. The real harm in AB 103 is that it, "prohibit (s) a city or county or local law enforcement agency from..." 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.
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He said the Justice Department isn't asking the state to enforce federal immigration law, but rather is asking California and local jurisdictions to "stop actively obstructing federal law enforcement".
Sessions has prioritized cracking down on cities that fail to comply with federal immigration authorities in his time as attorney general.
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"It's a bit like a child being sent off to school or into public and being told to behave one way by their mother and another way by their father", McGinness said.
Sessions criticized Mayor Libby Schaaf in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement officials after he sued California over laws that restrict cooperation with US immigration authorities. "You can talk about jailing us". "We will continue to exercise our legal right to exist as a sanctuary city".
Sessions is expected to speak at 8:05 a.m.at the Sawyer Hotel in Downtown Sacramento.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said the legal issues involved are murky and do not clearly favor a preliminary a state-mandated injunction against the Trump administration's immigration policies. This has been particularly true when it comes to all matters relating to immigration and border control.
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