Speaking before a crowd of law enforcement officials in a state he had just accused of violating the Constitution, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday excoriated California and some of its state and local leaders for passing laws and taking actions that he said obstruct immigration enforcement and put officers in danger.
In an unusually strident speech that emphasized the supremacy of the federal government by referencing Abraham Lincoln and secession, Sessions said California’s actions “directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers” and “undermine the duly-established immigration law in America.”
He took particular aim at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democratm for warning constituents last month about an impending raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – alleging her comments prevented authorities from making 800 arrests. And he said he planned to use the full might of the federal government to bring her state in line.
“California, absolutely, appears to me, is using every power it has – powers it doesn’t have – to frustrate federal law enforcement,” Sessions said. “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.”
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