Jerry Brown: Sessions's 'sad' political stunts won't work in California

Jerry Brown: Sessions's 'sad' political stunts won't work in California
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday night bashed the Trump administration’s plans to sue his state over its immigration laws, calling it a "political stunt."

“At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, [Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE has come to California to further divide and polarize America,” Brown tweeted.

“Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. Sad!!!”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScott Walker helping to prep Pence for debate against Harris: report California family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Moderna releases coronavirus vaccine trial plan as enrollment pushes toward 30,000 MORE (D-Calif.) also weighed in on the decision, saying Trump and Sessions “think they can bully California -- but it won’t work.”


Sessions will reportedly announce the lawsuit on Wednesday at the 26th Annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers’ Association in Sacramento.

The suit aims to block three so-called sanctuary laws California's legislature passed last year in response to the Trump administration's immigration enforcement measures. Sanctuary cities encourage local police officers not to enforce federal immigration law.

California has emerged as a fierce opponent of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Brown last year pardoned two men who were set to be deported days later.

California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires | Biden attacks Trump's climate record amid Western wildfires, lays out his plan | 20 states sue EPA over methane emissions standards rollback 20 states sue EPA over methane emissions standards rollback Investigation underway after bags of mail found dumped in Los Angeles-area parking lot MORE (D) has filed multiple lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's policies.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf late last month warned city residents of an impending raid from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. ICE said her comments kept them from locating more than 800 immigrants in subsequent sweeps, but Schaaf defended her decision.