March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 11:03 a.m.
Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to apologize to California, saying he lied when he said California’s immigration policies put the public and federal agents at risk.
“What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true. I call upon him to apologize to the people of California (for bringing) the mendacity of Washington to California and trying to insert this kind of division and, I might add dysfunctionality, in a state that is really working. Let’s build some bridges, not walls.”
The governor pointed out that California law does not prevent federal immigration officers from going to county jails or state prisons. He also said state laws do not prevent California law enforcement from working with federal agents on the most serious criminal cases.
“This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt … It’s not about the truth. It’s not about protecting our state. It’s about dividing America.
“Like so many in the Trump administration, this attorney general has no regard for the truth. What he said earlier today is not true. It is a lie. What can I say, we’ve seen with the Trump administration with the investigations going on, the pleas of guilty to lying by countless individuals, colleagues, so there it is. We are going to carry on and protect our citizens from criminals and protect people from improper abuse of the law.”
“This attorney general is maybe trying to keep his job because the president isn’t too happy with thim. We here are going to stick to the facts and stick to the law. We will meet this litigation fully.”
Melody Gutierrez is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org