Pelosi: Californians won't be bowed by Trump's 'brazen aggression'

Pelosi: Californians won't be bowed by Trump's 'brazen aggression'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWho will be the ‘bridge’ for the Democrats? Wife of Papadopoulos interviews with House Intel Dems House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (D-Calif.) vowed on Wednesday to fight the Trump administration's efforts to sue California over the state's sanctuary laws, declaring that Californians would not cave to "intimidation tactics."

"The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump Administration's brazen aggression and intimidation tactics," Pelosi tweeted. "We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities."

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The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aiming to block three laws passed by California lawmakers in recent months, arguing in court documents that those laws are intended to obstruct federal officials from enforcing immigration laws.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsKey GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum Homeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report MORE delivered a scathing assessment of the laws on Wednesday, accusing California of blatantly trying to undermine the authority of the federal government. 

"There is no nullification. There is no secession," Sessions said during a speech in Sacramento on Wednesday. "Federal law is the supreme law of the land."

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisElection Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE Dems look for candidate who will punch Trump ‘square in the face’ MORE (D-Calif.) accused Sessions and President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE of trying to "bully" her home state, but asserted that their efforts would ultimately fall flat.

"Trump and Sessions think they can bully California — but it won't work," Harris wrote on Twitter. 

The Justice Department's move to sue California marked its most aggressive effort yet to clamp down on states that have acted in opposition to Trump's hard-line stance on immigration.