After months and months (and months) of hearing absolutely nothing from AG Jeff Sessions, he finally emerged yesterday to lay down the hammer on California. It’s about TIME, right?
California has been pushing its “world without borders” agenda for years now, and many of their major cities (if not all of them) have been sanctuary cities for a long time. That sounds nice, to illegal aliens… but it’s not so nice to the American citizens of California. In fact, it’s deadly. Just ask Kate Steinle.
But Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t care about what’s good for the citizens of his state. Last year, the State of California passed a bill making the ENTIRE STATE and sanctuary for illegal immigrants. It became effective January 1st, 2018. Not all Californians were happy about it, though… and spent some serious money making (and placing) the best practical joke ever:
As the Trump Administration took office, and began it’s surge to remove MS-13 from our communities, California ramped up it’s efforts to block ICE agents at every turn. The most notable and outlandish event in recent days, was when the Democratic Mayor of Oakland, CA went on TV, and warned everyone that ICE agents were coming.
As a Fox News article states,
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said on “Fox & Friends” that Schaaf’s warning meant that there are roughly 800 illegal immigrants they were unable to locate.
“What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale,” he said.
This seemed to be the spark that finally lit the fire under Jeff Sessions. Yesterday, Jeff Sessions sprung to action, and slapped a lawsuit against the State of California. As noted in another Fox News article,
Federal officials are seeking an injunction to immediately block enforcement of the three California laws, each enacted within the past year.
One of those laws offers additional worker protections against federal immigration enforcement actions. Senior Justice Department officials have said it’s prevented companies from voluntarily cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
Employers are mandated under the law to demand ICE agents present a warrant or subpoena before entering certain areas of the premises, or when accessing some employee records.
Some companies have complained they’ve felt torn between trying to comply with seemingly contradictory state and federal statutes, since penalties for non-compliance can be steep from both entities.
Another state law dubbed known by critics as the “sanctuary state” bill protects immigrants without legal residency by limiting state and municipal cooperation with the feds, including what information can be shared about illegal-immigrant inmates.
A third law gives state officials the power to monitor and inspect immigrant detention facilities either run directly by, or contracted through, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Justice Department has said it’s confident the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause gives it broad authority to supersede state laws that it says interfere with its immigration enforcement obligations.
You can watch AG Jeff Sessions announcing the lawsuit below:
As outlined in the same Fox News article, AG Jeff Sessions is also going after the Mayor of Oakland, CA, for interfering with ICE agents:
The Justice Department is also reviewing Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to warn of an immigration sweep in advance, which ICE said allowed hundreds of immigrants to escape detention.
Governor Jerry Brown wasted no time responding to AG Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit. He held a press conference, along with California State AG Xavier Becerra, and spewed their ridiculous narratives, as expected. You can watch the full presser below:
I find it humorous that Jerry Brown has such an attitude with an AG telling California what to do, when it LITERALLY has former AG Eric Holder on retainer. (Don’t believe me? Here’s the article about it.) What is ALSO interesting to note, is that the Obama Administration actually paved the way for this recent lawsuit against California, as they did something very similar to the State of Arizona. According to a New York Times article,
One of the weapons Mr. Sessions is counting on is a 2012 Supreme Court ruling siding with the Obama administration, which had sued Arizona for violating federal immigration laws.
“The state may not pursue policies that undermine federal law,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority.
There will be LOTS more to report on this lawsuit against the State of California as it moves through the courts.
SO, to summarize a lot of back and forth stuff about yesterday’s events, I will refer you to my tweet about it: 🙂