California Police Refuse to Assist ICE in Immigration Enforcement Ops

Faith Castro
January 19, 2018

USA immigration agents are planning to detain and deport more than 1,500 illegal immigrants in a massive California operation meant to send a clear message to the so-called sanctuary state, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement plan to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants, mostly in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a source familiar with the operation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal agents will be looking to arrest 1,500 people in Northern California, but mostly in the Bay Area.

The operation is said to be in reiteration to California's passage of a new sanctuary law that protects undocumented immigrants from ICE by prohibiting law enforcement agencies in the state from handing over those suspected of being in the country illegally to ICE.

The raids were understood to be a response to California's recently enacted sanctuary state law that limits the federal government's ability to obtain custody of immigrants detained in state jails and forbids police officers from arresting people on civil immigration warrants and joining immigration task forces. An ICE spokesperson would not confirm or deny reports. California became the first "sanctuary state" in the country January 1 when it implemented Senate Bill 54, a far-reaching measure aimed at preventing law enforcement officers from helping to carry out Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigration.

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With local and state law enforcement unable to assist, ICE will have to round up illegal aliens in the open which puts citizens and law enforcement officers at risk thanks to California's risky policies. One of them men faces deportation, the other has since died, Kaplan said. "The number could tick up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests".

California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Homan on Wednesday expressing concern that "rather than focusing efforts on violent criminals, raids carried out in neighborhoods and workplaces could result in the deportation of individuals who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time". "Now the administration is targeting immigrants to make a political statement", Khanna, who represents California's 17th Congressional District, said in a statement.

"Immigrants are the backbone of our country, and such raids will only incite fear in our communities and undermine public safety", he said in a statement. "We must stand up for their rights", the American politician, who is of Punjabi origin, added.

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