>> California, we have a problem.>> Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, announcing the US Justice Department is suing the State of California over its so-called sanctuary policies that try to protect illegal immigrants against deportation. Ramping up a confrontation over whether local police should enforce federal law.>> Stop protecting lawbreakers.
And giving all officers more dangerous work to do, so that politicians can score political points on the backs of officer safety.>> This is really unprecedented.>> California Governor Jerry Brown hit right back.>> This is a political stunt, it's more like Fox News and what's going on in Washington.
And it's not about the truth, it's not about protecting our state, it's about dividing America.>> The federal lawsuit takes aim at three state laws passed last year that the justice department contends violate the Constitution. At issue is whether sanctuary cities are violating a federal law that requires them to share information about people they arrest with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Sessions has made combating illegal immigration one of his top priorities since taking over the Justice Department last year. The key part of that effort involves a crackdown on primarily Democrat-governed cities and states that Sessions claims are sanctuaries that protect illegal immigrants from deportation. Supporters of the sanctuary policy argue that enlisting police as immigration officers undermines public trust in the local police force.
Whereas the White House says they are endangering public safety by refusing to comply.