Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would continue to take action on sanctuary cities to fulfill President Donald Trump's executive order.
Sessions made the statement Wednesday night, Politico reported.
"Actions that have always been understood to be squarely within the powers of the president, regardless of the administration, have now been enjoined. The Department of Justice cannot accept such a result, and as the President has made clear, we will continue to litigate this case to vindicate the rule of law," Sessions said in his statement.
"The American people demand a lawful system of immigration. Congress has established a lawful system of immigration. At the heart of this immigration debate is disagreement over whether illegally entering this country is a crime. Our duly enacted laws answer that question," Sessions said.
"This is the Trump era. Progress is being made daily, and it will continue. This will be the administration that fully enforces our nation's immigration laws," Sessions said, according to Politico.
A federal judge in California on Tuesday blocked the use of Trump's order to remove funding from sanctuary cities — areas that refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of immigration laws. Sessions did not say in his statement whether an appeal was planned.
Trump on Wednesday rebuked the ruling by Judge William Orrick, a President Barack Obama appointee. He tweeted:
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