Trump 'basically going to war' with California, Jerry Brown says

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"It wasn't something I chose to do, but I can't sit by idly while the lawful authority of federal officers are being blocked by legislative acts and politicians", Sessions said, straying from his prepared remarks.

Sacramento police say nobody was arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday outside a hotel where Sessions spoke to California law enforcement officials.

Although state laws are the center of the federal lawsuit, San Francisco put sanctuary cities on President Donald Trump's radar when Jose Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, set off the gun that ultimately killed Kate Steinle.

California Governor Jerry Brown accused the Trump administration Wednesday of launching a war over the state's protections for illegal immigrants, after the Justice Department sued to block its sanctuary laws. Attempts to require local law enforcement officials to enforce federal law-something that is most certainly not their job-cost millions of dollars and, by deterring cooperation with police, make it hard to do the day-to-day work of keeping people safe.

The attorney general took sharp aim at California's Democratic political leadership, including Oakland Mayor Elizabeth Schaff, for actions he claimed have shielded 800 criminal immigrants from federal immigration officers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it will increase its presence in California, and Sessions wants to cut off funding to jurisdictions that won't cooperate.

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"California is using every power it has - and some it doesn't - to frustrate federal law enforcement".

Sessions called the California laws "irrational, unfair and unconstitutional". "Federal law is 'the supreme law of the land.' I would invite any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln", Sessions said. "Now, the federal government ought to do its job and stop blaming California for its own inability to solve the problem, whether it's of crime or whether it's of immigration".

He also called the Trump administration "full of liars".

"So here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you?".

"It's time for the American public to see this racist stunt for what it is: A perverse use of power that prioritizes politics over public safety", Gascón said in a statement.

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The Justice Department sued California; Gov. But it looks like he's directly taking on his new nemesis: the state of California. Schaaf said Tuesday that the city would "continue to inform all residents about their constitutional rights". "They will not shake our beliefs", Farrell said in a statement directed toward Sessions.

Brown speculated that Sessions' dig on California may be an attempt to ease an openly rocky relationship with the president, saying, "Maybe he's trying to keep his job because the president is not too happy with him".

Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are directly named in the suit - and are ready for the fight. "We are going to continue to be who we are proud to be and that is a city of inclusion, a city that protects immigrants".

"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue by other means, with more difficulty in unsafe situations - all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said.

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