The Attorney General of the United States just called a law that California lawmakers passed “unconscionable.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke clearly about the law passed that makes California a sanctuary state. This new law stops local police from cooperating with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants.
“The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Sessions said during a speech in Portland, Oregon. “There are lives and livelihoods at stake.”
Over the weekend, state legislators in California passed a sanctuary state legislation to bolster protections for illegal immigrants in the state. The bill will now be considered by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has previously announced his support for the legislation.
Sessions said, “I urge Gov. Brown of California not to sign this law that is in front of him.”
The Attorney General was speaking at Portland’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services field office. Sessions pleaded with sanctuary cities across the country to rethink their policies.
“I urge Portland, this wonderful city, the wonderful state of Oregon, and every sanctuary jurisdiction to reconsider what’s happening.”
Jeff Sessions spoke about the recent death of 23-year old Abel Esquivel, a community volunteer in San Francisco who police say was killed by two illegal immigrants who tried to rob him.
“About three weeks earlier, one of his alleged killers was arrested for an alleged battery, and, despite a request from ICE, he was released,” Sessions said. “One of the other defendants in the murder case also had an ICE detainer request for him when he had been arrested back in May for illegal possession of marijuana and brass knuckles.”
That case prompted the Attorney General to say: “It is an unconscionable reaction to Mr. Esquivel’s murder to put into law the very policies that got him killed.”
This is just the most recent obstacle that the Trump administration has faced regarding jurisdictions that have chosen not to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
On Friday, a federal judge in Chicago ruled the White House administration can’t withhold public grant money from sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies. Sessions dismissed the efforts saying federal grants are “not an entitlement.”
“We strive to help state and local law enforcement,” Sessions said. “But we cannot continue giving such federal grants to cities that actively undermine the safety of federal law officers and actively frustrate efforts our reduce crime.”
What do you think about this recent legislation making all of California a “sanctuary state?”
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