ICE: California's 'Sanctuary State' Law Will Force 'At-Large' Arrests


The acting director of ICE issued a statement Friday threatening arrests of undocumented immigrants en masse "in local neighborhoods and at worksites" in response to California's newly signed "sanctuary state" law.

This means Californian law enforcement cannot inquire an individual's immigration status, arrest people on civil immigration warrants, or participate in border patrol activities or joint task forces with the federal government if the primary objective is immigration enforcement.

Federal immigration officers are "free to use their own considerable resources" when enforcing federal law in the state.

Starting Jan. 1, police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. In an interview with CNN last month, Brown said SB54 actually protected the rights of the millions of immigrants - whether documented or not - who are contributing to Californian and American society, saying his bill was not only legally sound, but that the rhetoric in Washington had become "xenophobic".

The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency rebuked Gov.

Homan's statement was immediately blasted by the bill's author, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, as more "fear-mongering" by the Trump administration, but it raised serious questions about whether it signaled a shift in ICE tactics - and what such a shift might look like.

How is Trump's administration responding?

The law, in part, strictly limits local law enforcement agencies' collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency officials to only conviction cases and not during arrests.

"We're not sleeping well at night", said Dave Cortese, president of the board of supervisors in California's Santa Clara County, which filed one of the federal lawsuits against Trump's efforts to yank federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions.

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ICE said it will also likely send immigrants arrested in California to detention centers outside of the state, "far from any family they may have in California".

SB54 won't protect every undocumented immigrant.

Throughout his campaign and in his tenure as president, Trump has tried to make the same connection, showcasing the relatives of people killed by immigrants in the country illegally.

Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out risky criminal aliens and other immigration violators.

In a signing statement, Brown touted the legislation as a way to balance public safety and calm immigrant families' fears. Brown signed 10 into law on Thursday, and they will take effect on January 1.

Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said Trump seeks to cause distrust for political gain. Brown on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's administration is spending every day trying to find a path forward on immigration.

"The president will be laying out his responsible immigration plan over the next week", she said.