The key law enforcement figure in California stated that his state is prepared to fight the President and his cabinet about the funding threats Trump warned about regarding sanctuary cities.
Californian Attorney General Xavier Becerra reacted in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” to the warnings Trump and his administration has given to sanctuary cities that they may reduce their funding. In sanctuary cities, the local police forces’ collaboration with the federal immigration authorities are quite limited.
Becerra pointed out the difference between the federal government with California’s law enforcement agencies.
“We fully respect that they have the responsibility to enforce immigration law,” said Bacerra for ABC News Chief host George Stephanopoulos. “We are in the business of public safety. We’re not in the business of deportation.”
He noted that California complies to the federal laws on immigration and claimed that the U.S. government have no business in meddling with state or local laws to alter their approach to public safety.
“We’re going to continue to abide by federal law and the U.S. Constitution,” he comented. “And we’re hoping the federal government will also abide by the U.S. Constitution, which gives my state the right to decide how to do public safety.”
President Trump’s administration on Friday delivered a letter to Californian politicians and to major cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, alarming them that they might be cut short of federal grants to the law-enforcement unless they decide to collaborate with federal immigration officials.
Stephanopoulos questioned Becerra concerning Sessions’ comments in an earlier “This Week” interview on Sunday. “You heard him. He’s saying, especially in California, you’re not fulfilling that duty” of cllaboration, remarked Stephanopoulos.
“We can prove anywhere we need to … that we are protecting our people,” answered Becerra. “And we’re doing it by keeping families together, not separating them.”
Stephanopoulos then asked the attorney general about the vague messages from Trump’s cabinet on the status of DREAMers, unchecked refugees and migrants who came to the U.S. as small children and who are now secured from being deported by executive orders enforced by former President Obama.
President Trump commented on Friday saying that DREAMers ought to “rest easy,” but Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on “This Week” that they, like every undocumented citizen is susceptible to being deported or repatriated.
“It’s not clear what we can trust, what statement we can believe in” said Becerra about DREAMers. “And that causes a great deal of not just anxiety, but confusion, not just for those immigrant families, but for our law enforcement personnel.”
“I’ve been trying to reach out to Attorney General Sessions and to [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary Kelly, to get a sense of really what is their policy when it comes to the DREAMers,” said Becerra. “We’d like to know, is it in fact a policy of this president and this administration and this Attorney General Sessions to abide by the … policy that allows DREAMers to continue to go to school, to go to work, to believe that they’re not going to be out there and be apprehended by [immigration] agents simply because they look like people who weren’t born here?”