'Arrest Xavier Becerra': CA Gov Candidate Calls for Sessions to Charge State AG Over New Immigration Law
A California state assemblyman running for governor called for the arrest and federal indictment of the state attorney general after the official threatened prosecution against any business owner complying with a federal immigration law.
Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) said President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should "come to California [and] literally arrest [and] indict Xavier Becerra for breaking federal law."
California State Assemblyman Travis Allen: "Sessions and #Trump need to come to California [and] literally arrest, indict Xavier Becerra for breaking federal law." https://t.co/GfunlIRrWh #Tucker pic.twitter.com/VVzleNuicF
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 23, 2018
Tucker Carlson agreed with Allen who said Becerra, the state's top law enforcement officer, broke federal law by threatening employers with prosecution if they violated sanctuary city policies.
Under a new state law – the Immigration Worker Protection Act – employers and businesses could face fines of up to $10,000 if they provide employee information to U.S. Immigration Customs, Becerra said.
If employers “start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office. We will prosecute those who violate the law,” he said at a news conference.
The law prevents workers of any immigration status from being detained at workplaces. Among other stipulations, federal officials must obtain a warrant before searching a worksite and employers are required to notify their workers before a federal audit of employee records.
The act was sponsored by State Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco).
Carlson said that by Becerra - a state official - flouting federal law in this way, it makes people wonder "if the union begins to fall apart" next.
"The [state] attorney general is literally, criminally trying to obstruct justice," Allen said.
Last night, the court in #California said very clearly: the #DACA program must remain in place right now! We still need a permanent solution that goes beyond the duration of our litigation in court. #Dreamers deserve certainty.
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) January 10, 2018
"[Xavier Becerra] has crossed the line," he said. "This is now a criminal offense."
Allen faces a slew of Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in the race for governor.
Governor Jerry Brown (D) is term-limited.
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