Inside the Sanctuary City Legal Battle

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March 7, 2018
Updated 6mo ago

The Trump administration is cracking down on California over its sanctuary city laws. Attorney General Jeff Session visited Sacramento, and formally announced a lawsuit against the state over its failure to comply with federal immigration rules. Cheddar's Brad Smith speaks with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to get his reaction.

"All this is really a political stunt," says Gascón. "It has nothing to do with public safety."

Gascón says sanctuary laws are so important because America has a broken down immigration system. "To go after those people when they haven't committed any crime other than the unlawful stay in this country has a very disruptive impact overall," says Gascón. "From a social stance it is absolutely unconscionable."