The state of California is defiant following the news that the Trump administration will be suing the state over the non-cooperation of local authorities with the federal government on immigration issues.
Attorney Jeff Sessions – who hasn’t recused himself from immigration or pot – is expected to formally make the announcement when he visits Sacramento later on Wednesday.
The lawsuit comes the week after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent out an official statement warning illegal aliens that an ICE operation would be conducted in the area. The Democrat’s act not only put the lives of federal agents in danger but also undermined the federal government’s enforcement of the law.
Now the Trump administration is fighting back.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 7, 2018
Via the Los Angeles Times “Trump administration sues California over laws protecting immigrants”:
The Trump administration, seeking to force a defiant California to cooperate with its agenda of stepped-up immigrant deportations, went to federal court Tuesday to invalidate three state laws — the administration’s most direct challenge yet to the state’s policies.
Administration officials say the three laws in question, all passed by the Legislature last year, blatantly obstruct federal immigration law and thus violate the Constitution’s supremacy clause, which gives federal law precedence over state enactments.
“The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that are imposed on you,” Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions plans to tell a meeting of the California Peace Officers Assn. in Sacramento on Wednesday, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the Justice Department.
“We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. And I believe that we are going to win.”
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.
Administration officials, who briefed reporters before the suit was filed, said other states that are pursuing laws similar to California’s are also likely to be targeted in court.
California has used the courts to resist the federal government out of a refusal to recognize the results of the election. Hillary Clinton creamed Trump in the state but we have this thing called the Electoral College that is the law of the land despite what the celebrities, tech oligarchs and wealthy leftist whack jobs and their armies of useful idiots might believe.
It bears reminding folks that shortly after Trump was elected, that the state brought in hired gun Eric Holder to help to formulate how the resistance would be waged through the judicial system. This is the first serious effort by the federal government to counter those efforts.