The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state of California Tuesday night, challenging provisions in three immigration-related state laws as unconstitutional, according to senior Justice Department officials.

The lawsuit alleges portions of the laws are pre-empted by federal law, and therefore violate the Constitution’s supremacy clause. In addition to the state, the lawsuit will be filed against California Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The DOJ will ask for a preliminary injunction against the laws.

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