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Thu Mar 08 12:07:44
And apparently his speeches are being written by Aeros now.


March 07, 2018 - 12:10 PM EST
Sessions to California: 'There is no secession'


Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to California the same day he announced a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the state's immigration policies.

"I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration. But the law is in the books and its purposes are clear and just," Sessions said during a speech to the California Peace Officers' Association in Sacramento on Wednesday.

"There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln. This matter has been settled," he continued.

DOJ's lawsuit against California aims to block three so-called sanctuary laws the state's legislature passed last year.

In the 18-page complaint, filed late Tuesday, DOJ asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to block the three laws, which it argues are designed to intentionally obstruct and discriminate against the enforcement of federal immigration law.

The laws at the center of dispute prohibit private employers from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration officials; prevent state and local law enforcement officials from giving federal immigration officials information about the release date of removable immigrants in their custody; and create an inspection and review scheme that requires the California Attorney General to investigate the immigration enforcement efforts of federal agents.

"The provisions of state law at issue have the purpose and effect of making it more difficult for federal immigration officers to carry out their responsibilities in California," the administration says in the complaint.

The DOJ said the laws are invalid because they violate the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which establishes that federal law generally takes precedence over state laws.

"The Supremacy Clause does not allow California to obstruct the United States' ability to enforce laws that Congress has enacted or to take actions entrusted to it by the Constitution," DOJ argued.

On Wednesday, Sessions argued that California's laws are harmful to the state's residents, and prevent law enforcement officers from doing their jobs.

He singled out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who last month warned residents of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. Schaaf defended her decision even after ICE said it was unable to locate more than 800 people as part of its sweep of the city.

"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you," Sessions said Wednesday. "How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda."

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."

"California is using every power it has, and some it doesn't, to frustrate federal law enforcement," Sessions said. "So you can be sure I'm going to use every power I have to stop them."

California lawmakers have pushed back against the lawsuit since it was first reported and vowed to continue upholding the state's policies.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called the lawsuit a "political stunt." Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the Trump administration was attempting to "bully California."

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg told The Sacaramento Bee that the state and city would be undeterred by Sessions's visit.

"We are a proud safe haven, a proud sanctuary city, a proud sanctuary state, and we stand with our neighbors," he said.

Lydia Wheeler contributed.

Updated at 12:23 p.m.

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Thu Mar 08 13:38:55

About time.

I can think of several Californians that should be in prison.

Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Thu Mar 08 14:12:10
500,000 of them already are in prison!!! how many more you want?
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Thu Mar 08 14:21:00

California Politicians?

Sorry, I should have made myself more clear.

Thu Mar 08 14:22:50
Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Thu Mar 08 14:32:38
Only 39 million!! yay small government.
Thu Mar 08 14:37:24
Oh don't worry, they'll be put into private prisons.
Thu Mar 08 14:41:52
Which ~25k people in California are your sparing from jail, rugian?
Thu Mar 08 14:46:17
MT and his extended family.
Thu Mar 08 14:54:03
Ah, right. Protecting the food supply.
Thu Mar 08 14:54:29
Thu Mar 08 17:11:15
Jokes about me being rounded up for consumption aside, phew, i thought this was gonna be about him going after the weed.
Thu Mar 08 22:51:11
California does not get to selectively interpret how it interacts with the Feds anymore then Texas gets to. Californias government is clearly not a fan of the current administration, but that does not give them the power to impede federal agencies from doing their job.
Fri Mar 09 01:43:40
I would be curious to see if Californians would support Deep South lawmakers notifying suspects of impending ATF raids for illegal weapons modifications.
Fri Mar 09 10:10:34
Indeed, its basically the same thing. Some really intense what is good for thee is not good for me going on here.
Fri Mar 09 10:45:25
Jerry Brown has and always will support Latino Catholic legal or illegal. The puzzle is obvious. Brown is only a small part of the California governorship history. He is the very definition of a wolf in sheep's clothing.

For those who don't know Brown's early life notice his neck in this family picture. Shake, rattle, and roll.

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