The top immigration official in the land said on Friday that the State of California has left them “no choice” and that they will begin to change tactics. Earlier this week the State of California governor signed made California a “Sanctuary State.”
As a result of this legislation, Acting Director Thomas Homan said that California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) decision to sign the law, SB54, would “undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission.”
According to the new law passed by the California legislator, Tate and local police will have significant restrictions in how and when they can collaborate with federal agents when it comes to immigration investigations and arrests.
Most notably the laws prevent local law officials from accepting ICE detainers to hold immigrants currently in jail or that were just arrested by law enforcement.
On Friday, Homan warned:
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community.”
California’s new law does allow ICE agents to interview and arrest detainees at local facilities as long as they have a warrant.
Homan warned that since this was the case, federal officials will, “likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.”
Pro-immigrant activists support California’s decision, Frank Sherry executive director of America’s Voice Education Fund said, “The California Values Act is a stinging rebuke to the nativism of President Trump and his drive to deport millions.”
Unfortunately, this is going to create divisions in America further. The State of California is going to continue to poke its finger in the eye of this Administration, and this Administration is not going to let it stand. I wouldn’t be surprised if at least in the State of California the Administration doesn’t just start arresting illegals with a criminal background but, begins deporting non-criminal illegals as well.
Do you approve of this? Or do you wish California and the White House could learn to get along?