California at 'war' with Washington over immigration: governor

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against

Mandel Ngan AFP Getty Images Attorney General Jeff Sessions has railed against"sanctuary policies for years

"The Supremacy Clause does not allow California to obstruct the United States' ability to enforce laws that Congress has enacted or to take actions entrusted to it by the Constitution".

He also continued to play up this relationship with remarks directed at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who warned of impending ICE raids last month.

"The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you", he said in a speech to members of the California Peace Officers Association.

He is expected to speak to law enforcement officials in the state's capital Wednesday, just hours after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit - the most aggressive move yet in the Trump administration's push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. Speaking at a law enforcement event in Sacramento, Sessions did not mention Brown by name, but he did talk about what he considers the missteps of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and state attorney general Xavier Beccera, saying California's position as a sanctuary state "directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers".

He told officers at the meeting, "California is using every power it has, and some it doesn't, to frustrate federal law enforcement".

The California laws were passed in response to Trump's promises to sharply ramp up the deportation of people living in the USA illegally.

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"A refusal to apprehend and deport those, especially the criminal element, effectively rejects all immigration laws", Sessions told a crowd of plain-clothes officers in downtown Sacramento Wednesday.

Brown and Becerra at a news conference in Sacramento said the three challenged laws are "fully constitutional".

Late Tuesday, California Gov.

"We know the Trump administration is full of liars", Brown said.

"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day", Brown said in statement.

"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf-how dare you".

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is also expected to speak at the same event, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC10 News. It allows ICE agents to interview immigrants at county jails, though not to hold permanent office space there.

"This is a reminder that California does not see his federal policies", said Steven Lynn, 33, a Sacramento graduate student.

Thanks to Jerry Brown for standing up to him. "They will not shake our beliefs", Farrell said in a statement directed toward Sessions.

"Her actions support those who flout that law, and boldly validates illegality".

The Democrat accused Sessions of lying and of trying to appease President Donald Trump.

The other two laws restrict private employers' cooperation with immigration officials and require inspections and reviews of immigrant detention facilities in the state.

In a statement past year the association's president, Gardena Police Chief Ed Madrano, said the compromise "addresses the significant public safety concerns we raised during this debate, and it reaffirms what we have held since the beginning, which is that California law enforcement should not be used to assist in mass deportations".

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"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 risky situations - all because of one irresponsible action", Sessions said.

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