AG Sessions to speak to law enforcement officials in Sacramento today

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FILE — In this Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018 file photo is Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting in Washington. Sessions will speak before the California Peace Officers Association, Wednesday, March 7, to make what’s being billed as a major announcement about sanctuary policy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s justice department announced they are suing California over sanctuary city laws. 

And today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Sacramento where he’s expected to discuss the lawsuit and sanctuary city laws with the California Peace Officer’s Association.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will be in attendance.

The lawsuit would block California laws that extend protections to people in the United States without documentation. This announcement comes a week after ICE agents arrested more than 230 undocumented people throughout California.

Sessions has blamed sanctuary city policies for crime and gang violence.

Those who support the sanctuary city policies say they increase public safety by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

Under California’s sanctuary state law, local law enforcement officers are not allowed to participate or even help federal agents.

Governor Jerry Brown responded to the suit saying “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America.”

17 News will stream this morning’s meeting with Sessions on our KGET Facebook page at 8:00 a.m.

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