During his address to law enforcement in Sacramento, California, Attorney General Jeff Sessions went on the offensive against the state’s controversial “sanctuary state” policies.
“The American people spoke about this,” Sessions said. “Immigration law is the province of the federal government; it’s in the Constitution. This administration and this Justice Department are determined to make it work effectively for all our people.”
He continued: “An open borders is a radical, irrational idea that cannot be accepted, and the American people will not accept it. And the United States of America is not some idea, it’s a secular nation-state with a Constitution, with laws, with borders, all of which are designed to protect our nation’s interest, and we should be able to agree, certainly, on this. So to carry out the intent of our laws, we need law officers.”
Session further criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning illegal immigrants of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid:
“For example, the mayor of Oakland has been actively seeking to help illegal aliens avoid apprehension by ICE. Her actions support those who flout the law and boldly validates illegality. There’s no other way to interpret those remarks. To make matters worse, the elected lieutenant governor of the state praised her for doing so, bragging about and encouraging the obstruction of our law enforcement, and I am afraid that this is an embarrassment to the proud state of California. Tom Homan, the director of ICE, had said recently, ‘Being a law enforcement officer is already dangerous enough, but to give the criminals a heads up that we are coming in the next 24 hours increases that risk. I watched the mayor’s statement when she said her priority is the safety of the community, but what she did had the exact opposite effect.”
“So here’s my message to Mayor Shaaf: How dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open-borders agenda,” he added.