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Immigration Policy: War of Words

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By: Matt Vespa – townhall.com – March 08, 2018

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown had some very strong words for the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the latter’s lawsuit against the state’s sanctuary state law. The law went into effect this year, which the DOJ says interferes with the enforcement of federal immigration laws. He said that this motion was pretty much an act of war against California (via ABC 7 San Francisco):

Governor Jerry Brown is calling U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against California a political stunt.

“This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer,” said Brown during a news conference in Sacramento, Wednesday.


The suit names Governor Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants.

When asked whether he would retaliate against the federal government, the governor denied he would take such an action as, “we’re a state of laws” (via NTK Network):

“You called this an act of war from the federal government,” a reporter began asking Brown.

Brown seemed to be confused by the reporter’s quote.

“An act of war? That’s pretty strong. But I reincorporate that comment,” Brown responded.

The reporter concluded his question by asking whether California would retaliate against the federal government.

“No, we are state of laws,” Brown answered. “We want to observe the law now. The [U.S.] attorney general has basically thrown the gauntlet down and done it in a highly politicized way.”

Recently, the situation reached a high point when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made the controversial move of warning residents ahead of scheduled Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in the San Francisco bay area. Attorney General Sessions torched Schaaf for putting members of law enforcement in danger.

“Here’s my message — how dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda,” he said at California Peace Officers Association’s annual Legislative Day on Wednesday.

Schaff responded to those remarks yesterday, denying she put law enforcement in danger:

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Source: California Governor: DOJ, Sessions’s Lawsuit Is An Act Of War