Attorney General Jeff Sessions might need to brush up on his US history.
During a speech last week on California’s sanctuary laws, he did something unexpected: He compared California to Southern states that seceded from the Union before the US Civil War.
The attorney general was in California to launch a lawsuit against the state’s “sanctuary” laws, which limit how local law enforcement and employers assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in arresting and detaining immigrants.
The federal government argues that California’s sanctuary laws interfere with federal policy and violate the supremacy clause of the Constitution.
Sessions’s speech was supposed to outline the US government’s case against California. But his remarks, which the Washington Post called “unusually strident,” focused heavily on the power of the federal government and federal law.
Sessions also seemed to link California’s unwillingness to cooperate with federal immigration authorities to the secession of Southern states and the creation of the Confederacy. “There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land,”
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