Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday in a speech where he announced a DOJ lawsuit of the state of California, “There is no nullification. There is no secession.”
“Federal law is ‘the supreme law of the land.’ I would invite any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln.”
The Department of Justice under Sessions filed a lawsuit related to California’s laws governing immigration enforcement. California effectively became a sanctuary state at the start of the year with implementation of Senate Bill 54, also called the California Values Act, which restricted how and when state law enforcement can interact with federal immigration authorities. The law repeals a requirement that state officials report to immigration officials when certain crimes are committed by persons with illegal immigration status. Assembly bill 450 created rules for how employers must handle federal immigration audit requests. Assembly Bill 103 restricts the ability of jurisdictions to contract with ICE to house immigrant detainees in local jails, and also gives the state Attorney General the power to inspect ICE detention facilities.
There is an old maxim, a principle of constitutional English law which partly informed the basis …
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