The Democratic governor of “sanctuary state” California has not responded well to the Trump Justice Department taking legal steps to force his state to abide by federal immigration laws. In fact, he’s talking about “war” and a “reign of terror.”
Gov. Jerry Brown’s hyperbolic declarations have largely been directed at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who filed a lawsuit Tuesday night against the state’s three new “sanctuary” laws that impede federal authorities’ ability to enforce federal immigration laws, including on illegal immigrants with criminal records. Sessions also traveled to the state Wednesday to tell law enforcement leaders there that all the Brown-imposed “sanctuary” lawlessness is coming to a swift end.
“The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,” Sessions told law enforcement officers at the California Peace Officers Association Wednesday. “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.”
Brown has responded to Sessions’ actions in increasingly hysterical terms.
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!!!
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) March 7, 2018
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