State laws that violate federal laws are always bones of contention between the federal government and the states, but recently, the states have ratcheted the discord to a new level. In moves that are blatant violations of the separation of powers at the federal level, a handful of states (and several cities) have declared themselves sanctuaries from federal immigration laws.
California, naturally, is one of them.
Well, the President Donald Trump administration, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Department of Justice are not amused by this display of defiance by mostly Democratic leaders at the state and local level. Sessions is so not entertained that he is suing one of the worst offenders, the State of California, over their efforts to stymie federal immigration enforcement officials.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento just after 9 p.m. Eastern time, the Justice Department alleged that three recently enacted California laws obstruct enforcement of federal immigration law and harm public safety.
The Justice Department asked a federal judge to block the California laws, which restrict how state businesses and law enforcement agencies can cooperate with immigration authorities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to address the lawsuit in a speech Wednesday at the California Peace Officers Association’s 26th Annual Law Enforcement Day, saying, in part: “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.
The California State Attorney General has not had a chance to review the complaint and did not comment, but Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, took to Twitter to voice his dissent.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, D, wrote on Twitter, “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”
Actually, Governor Moonie, We the People who have been stepped on for years by anti-American policies such as California’s Sanctuary laws are cheering on the silent assassin known as Jeff Sessions. We sincerely wish there were more such lawsuits. It might behoove you to get out of the governor’s mansion from time to time and talk to more than just your close circle of associates. Not everyone agrees with them.