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Gov. Brown says federal lawsuit is 'basically going to war against the State of California'

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United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew into Sacramento Wednesday morning to announce a federal lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit would block some newly enacted laws that extend protections to undocumented immigrants.

Sessions has blamed sanctuary city policies for crime and gang violence, but the state says the new laws protect citizens from criminals by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

"How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to provide a radical open borders agenda," Sessions said.

The lawsuit challenges three new state laws:

  • SB 54, which restricts law enforcement from notifying federal immigration agents about the release dates of prisoners in their custody.
  • AB 450, which forbids employers from cooperating with ICE agents who conduct worksite operations. The law also requires employers to tell their workers when federal agents are coming to conduct inspections.
  • AB 103, which requires California to inspect detention facilities where federal authorities are holding immigrants who face deportation.

"There are three lies," Governor Jerry Brown said in response to the lawsuit. "Open border - lie number one, protect criminals - lie number two, California wants to secede - lie number 3, and it's not true."

"We are fighting to make your jobs safe, we are fighting to help you reduce crime in America not increase it by keeping criminals here that ought to be deported," Sessions said.

Governor Brown said this is a time to build bridges, not walls and called for an apology from Sessions to the people of California.

"This is basically going to war against the State of California, the engine of American economy. It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand," Brown said.

California's Attorney General says he will fight the lawsuit in court.

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