Becerra fires back: 'We're not in the business of deportation'

Becerra fires back: 'We're not in the business of deportation'
© Getty

California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraDem added to Ways and Means Committee amid desire for more Hispanic members Judge blocks Trump contraception rule in 13 states Overnight Health Care: Judge pauses ObamaCare appeal amid shutdown | Trump officials consider Medicaid block grants for states | HHS closing tent city for migrant teens MORE (D) on Sunday said his state is looking to ensure public safety and is not in the "business of deportation."

"We have been abiding by federal law for quite some time before Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBudowsky: Senate must protect Mueller from Barr, President Trump Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr Central American women fleeing domestic violence deserve refugee status MORE became the attorney general. We're going to continue to abide by the federal law, the U.S. Constitution," Becerra said on ABC's "This Week."

"And we're hoping that the federal government will also abide by the U.S. Constitution, which gives my state the right to decide how to do public safety," he continued.


"That's not their responsibility under the U.S. Constitution ... We're in the business of public safety. We're not in the business of deportation."

Becerra said California can prove it is protecting its people. He touted the state, saying it has the sixth-largest economy in the world and has created many jobs.
"And we're doing it by keeping families together, not separated," he said. 
Last week, the Trump administration sent nine so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions letters demanding they help enforce federal immigration law or risk losing federal grants.
The jurisdictions included the state of California and other areas that were all identified in a May 2016 Justice Department inspector general report.

“Failure to comply with this condition could result in the withholding of grant funds, suspension or termination of the grant, ineligibility for future [Office of Justice] grants or subgrants, or other action, as appropriate,” acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Harten wrote in letters to local officials.