SF Public Defender Responds to AG Sessions’ Threats, Lawsuit

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released the following statement today in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement he would sue California over its immigration laws, as well as Sessions’ speech vowing to use every power possible to challenge our state’s sanctuary status:

“We must oppose at all costs the Trump Administration’s attempt to usurp the authority of states and cities to protect their residents. California will continue to keep the American dream alive by defending against this unprecedented attack on our neighbors, friends, and family members. The Immigration Defense Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, which provides representation to detained immigrants, will continue to ensure that San Franciscans detained in any resulting raids will have access to compassionate, effective, and zealous counsel. Together, we will oppose this lawsuit that undermines basic American values.”