Donald Trump administration sues California over immigration laws

Defenders of the practices say they improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserve scarce police resources for urgent crime-fighting needs.

KELLY: Well, and back to this case, which is the latest in a series of skirmishes really between California and Washington, specifically on immigration, I mean, what's the backdrop here? The nation's top law enforcement official will promise to "fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you", according to advanced excerpts of his speech. Also speaking at that law enforcement conference is the attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, who's no shrinking violet.

Several Democratic elected officials joined demonstrators and spoke to the crowd with a bullhorn.

A line of police and private security guards blocked access to the hotel.

"We're America's economic engine, and it is precisely because we embrace the cultural gifts immigrants bestow us and their diversity that they become the backbone of our economy", de Leon said.

Jerry Brown on Wednesday unloaded on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech attacking California for its policies on cooperating with federal immigration officials. "Many people in business as well are getting conflicting information from the state and the federal government". The Trump administration claims that this provision of state law is invalid, but that argument is tough to square with the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine. Brown says the actions are about dividing America.

He singled out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who last month warned residents of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. Brown wouldn't comment on that.

The Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has threatened to withdraw federal funding support for jurisdictions which act as sanctuaries.

"California thrives because of its diversity, not in spite of it", Newsom said in a statement, applauding SB 54, which stops local law enforcement from giving information about undocumented immigrants being released from detention to ICE and other immigration agencies.

California has led the way, with Gov. "What they've done is force my officers to arrest unsafe criminals on their turf, in their homes and their places of business rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail, its ridiculous".

"In California, our state laws work in concert with federal laws", Becerra said. "But it would be no different in principle from this new law enacted by California".

Brown and Becerra are expected to react to Sessions' decision to sue California over its sanctuary city policies.

The Trump Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday night against California, saying three recently-passed state laws were deliberately interfering with federal immigration policies.

None of the California policies in question prevent a police department from pursuing or arresting an undocumented immigrant who commits a crime.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, report Politico, Washington Post, the National Law Journal and the New York Times.

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