"So here's my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you".
In January, it threatened 23 so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with subpoenas if they fail to provide documents to show whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities.
Leveroni's law enforcement advocacy organization has publicly opposed Senate Bill 54, known as the "sanctuary state" bill that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law previous year. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. A senior Justice Department official said there is no update if Schaaf will be charged.
"The provisions of state law at issue have the goal and effect of making it more hard for federal immigration officers to carry out their responsibilities in California", Justice Department lawyers argue in the suit, further calling the laws an "obstacle to the United States' enforcement of the immigration laws and discriminating against federal immigration enforcement". These policies became popular nationwide during the Obama administration, which deported a record number of immigrants.
"I say, bring it on", said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon told the AP news agency. "We do, however, have a sworn duty to protect our communities from the release of potentially risky criminals, wherever they may come from", said current president of CPOA, Beverly Hills Police Department Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood in a September statement.
He added that "ICE agents do incredible work every day, they're not backing down, they're not going to be deterred, and we're not going to stop enforcing the law in Alabama, or California, either, for that matter". We're going to fight to make your job safer and help you reduce crime in America. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here.
Brown went on to say that Sessions' lawsuit is more created to appeal to President Donald Trump's base than accomplish any good - and he said that Sessions sounded "more like Fox News" than an actual attorney general. "Bragging about and encouraging the obstruction of our law enforcement and I am afraid that this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California", Sessions said. "Oakland is a city of immigrants", Schaaf said.
John Cox, a Republican candidate for the state's governor, expressed support for Sessions' trip to California and the immigration policies he's pushing forward. One prohibits employers from voluntarily cooperating with immigration authorities.
In remarks during a press conference, Attorney General Becerra argued that California's laws deterring cooperation with ICE are constitutional.