California Scolded by Jeff Sessions Over "Lawless" SB 54

California has once again attracted public ire from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The nation’s top attorney lambasted the Golden State Tuesday over its so-called sanctuary state legislation, Senate Bill 54, calling it an “unconscionable” threat to public safety.  

Sessions’ comments opened up a war of words with California Gov. Jerry Brown who defended the bill as “well-balanced” and accused the administration of promoting xenophobia.

“It protects public safety but it also protects hardworking people who contribute a lot to California,” Brown countered during an interview on CNN.

The governor did not support the initial iteration of the bill, but has expressed his support for the watered down version that emerged after key discussions with state Senate leader Kevin de León. Brown is expected to sign the bill into law soon.