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The author of California's sanctuary bill says he's not afraid of a federal challenge.

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LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - The author of California's sanctuary bill says he's not afraid of a federal challenge.

State Senate Democratic Leader Kevin DeLeon tells KNX his bill, which is at the root of the federal lawsuit, will hold up to legal scrutiny. 

But Republican State Senator Jeff Stone of Riverside County says sanctuary policies are a direct violation of U.S. law. Stone says sanctuary laws will only lead to more ICE raids, which he says will put otherwise innocent people at risk. 

The war of words continued Thursday between the Feds and California politicians over the Trump Administration lawsuit to overturn the state's sanctuary laws. The acting head of ICE, Tom Homan tells Fox News that Governor Brown is just plain wrong when he says California is not releasing dangerous criminals. 

But California Senator Kamala Harris tells MSNBC that the agency has been over-reaching.

 

WEDNESDAY'S COVERAGE

WASHINGTON (AP) —  California Gov. Jerry Brown has denounced U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for speaking in the state about a lawsuit over policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

 Brown told reporters shortly after Session's speech to law enforcement officials Wednesday that it was unprecedented for him to "act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer."

Te Democrat accused Sessions of lying and of trying to appease President Donald Trump. Brown says the actions are about dividing America.

Earlier, Sessions said the Justice Department sued California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her unusual public warning recently of an operation by federal immigration officers. Brown wouldn't comment on that.

Earlier, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told California, "We have a problem."

Sessions told law enforcement officers at a conference in Sacramento Wednesday that the Justice Department sued California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs.

California leaders strongly deny that claim.

Sessions strongly criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her recent unusual public warning that an operation by federal immigration officers was imminent. He claims 800 "wanted criminals" eluded arrests as a result.

Sessions says California's laws are unconstitutional and a "plain violation of common sense."

Dozens of demonstrators have gathered in Sacramento, California, to protest an appearance by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The protest Wednesday comes a day after Sessions announced the Trump administration is suing the state over several laws that restrict government authorities and private businesses from cooperating with federal immigration agents.

Demonstrators were blocking traffic outside a hotel where Sessions will deliver a speech to law enforcement officials. The protesters are chanting "stand up, fight back" and "no justice no peace."