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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans House leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America 4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll 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 SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump 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 HarrisStrategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows MORE (D-Calif.) accused Sessions and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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.