Responding to statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Jerry Brown, governor of the Sharia-compliant sanctuary state of California, melted down, accusing the Trump administration of engaging in a “reign of terror” on immigrants and a “war” on the Golden State.
According to the Sacramento Bee:
Sessions on Tuesday filed suit against the state over three new laws, passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally, that he argues violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution and interfere with federal immigration enforcement.
“This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy,” Brown said. “It’s not wise, it’s not right and it will not stand.”
Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra held a press conference at the Capitol to defend the laws following a speech by Sessions to a law enforcement conference in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning. In the speech, which Brown dismissed as a “political stunt,” Sessions accused California officials of creating an open borders system and trying to secede from the United States.
Speaking to the California Peace Officers Association on Wednesday, Sessions said: “California is using every power it has, and some it doesn’t, to frustrate federal law enforcement.”
He added: “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.”
He also accused California of attempting to nullify federal law on the issue of illegal immigration.
“There is no nullification. There is no secession. 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.”
This didn’t sit too well with Brown, nicknamed “Governor Moonbeam” by many.
“This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt,” he said. “We know the Trump administration is full of liars. They’ve pled guilty already to the special counsel.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat who had earlier warned employers not to obey federal immigration laws, said the Constitution gives the state the right to do whatever it wants with regard to immigration.
“The lawsuit challenges some of our state laws, which are again fully constitutional and provide for the safety and welfare of all of our people,” he said. “The 10th Amendment provides California with the right to decline to participate in civil immigration enforcement.”
The Hill added:
Becerra said the Trump administration had opened itself to the discovery process, which would allow California lawyers to dig into the internal debate over the lawsuit, which could drag on for years.
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