Supporters of the laws argue they make communities safer by encouraging undocumented victims of crime to come forward without fear of being detained.
"Our duty at the Department of Homeland Security is to enforce and uphold the nation's security laws as passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. Those officials said the Justice Department is in the process of reviewing other state immigration laws.
However, the Justice Department's attempts to carry out the order to date have been stymied by lawsuits in the federal courts in Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. None of the groups favored the state law restricting cooperation with immigration officials, but only the California State Sheriffs' Association was actively opposed and some individual officials voiced support.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Tomas Homan has threatened increased enforcement in California in the wake of SB 54. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don't work here. SAD!
A press release from Sessions' office says he will be making "a major sanctuary jurisdiction announcement".
The laws provide some of the most generous protections in the nation for immigrants facing deportation, but the Justice Department argues that they improperly venture into the enforcement of US immigration law that is strictly a matter for the federal authorities. In this case, it is California that is arguably in uncharted legal territory, imposing barriers aimed at undermining federal law enforcement efforts.
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The new lawsuit is expected to take aim at three California laws: Assembly Bill 450, which prohibits private employers from giving immigration officials access to workplaces or documents for enforcement without a court order; Assembly Bill 103, which created a state inspection system for immigration detention facilities; and Senate Bill 54, which limits what state and local law enforcement authorities can communicate about some suspects and how they can transfer such people to federal custody. The DOJ does not plan to argue that Section 1373 requires local law enforcement to hold people exclusively based on ICE requests ― known as "detainers" ― which many jurisdictions have rejected based on cost and constitutionality concerns. The state wants a judge to certify that its laws are in compliance with federal immigration law.
The Trump administration and the Justice Department have been waging an increasingly acrimonious battle with sanctuary jurisdictions, although the lawsuit is perhaps the most consequential step yet.
In D.C., senior Justice Department officials said California had acted in "quite obviously novel ways" and that the state laws there were "glaring and in some respects go beyond what we've seen" elsewhere.
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"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.