This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions put California on notice about their sanctuary policies. Governor Jerry Brown didn’t take the threat very well and his response is nothing short of a laugh-out-loud moment.
This week, the Department of Justice filed suit against California in a showdown over sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Speaking to law enforcement personnel in Sacramento, Sessions expressed his frustration with California’s lack of cooperation with federal law.
“Immigration is the province of the federal government. It’s in the Constitution,” Sessions told the group. “There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land.”
Ironically, the DOJ lawsuit is similar to one filed against Arizona by the Obama administration back in 2010. Contrary to laws enacted by California though, Arizona sought strict local and state immigration enforcement.
However, in that lawsuit, then-Attorney General Holder argued that immigration enforcement fell under the purview of the federal government. “Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves,” Holder said at the time.
The U.S. Supreme Court later agreed, in a decision that could come back to haunt California.
In addition, Sessions scolded Brown for creating open borders. “A refusal to apprehend and deport (illegal aliens), especially the criminal element, effectively rejects all immigration law. It’s a rejection of law and creates an open borders system,” said the attorney general.
The Brown Meltdown
Not surprisingly, Brown reacted badly to the news. “It is completely unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out here and engage in a political stunt,” said Brown “Make wild accusations, many of which are based on outright lies.”
Echoing Brown, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra suggested that the state is following the Constitution and federal law. “Here in California we respect the law and the Constitution and we expect the federal government to do the same,” he said at a news conference.
Right. And illegal immigrants don’t vote, sanctuary cities and states are safe, and idiots run the state of California.
Okay, forget the last one. The last one is true, but you get the point.