From ABC news
California’s top law enforcement officer said his state is “ready” to confront the Trump administration over its funding threats against so-called sanctuary cities.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday to warnings by the Trump administration that it could cut funding to sanctuary cities, which are places that limit how much local police forces can cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Becerra contrasted the role of the federal government with California’s law enforcement agencies.
“We fully respect that they have the responsibility to enforce immigration law,” he told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “We are in the business of public safety. We’re not in the business of deportation.”
He said California abides by federal laws on immigration and asserted that the U.S. government cannot order state or local jurisdictions to change their approach to public safety.
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