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ICE Hits Back at California's 'Sanctuary State' Status

ICE Hits Back at California's 'Sanctuary State' Status

In case you missed it, the once (and hopefully future) great state of California has decided to jump the shark when it comes to illegal immigrants and declare itself a sanctuary state.

That didn’t go over so well with the good people at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


On Friday, a day after Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s so-called “sanctuary state” bill into law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director issued a response decrying the bill’s passage and threatening negative ramifications for California’s immigrant communities.

In the sharply worded statement from acting ICE director Tom Homan, the agency threatened “additional collateral arrests” in response to the new law, and said that it would “undermine public safety.”

“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, 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,” Homan said. “ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.”

One of the big brouhahas surrounding the passage of SB1070 in Arizona several years ago was the fact that the state wasn’t supposed to try to supersede federal immigration law. Of course, that law was passed because the feds weren’t doing their jobs, especially during the Obama years. The response from Washington was that Eric Holder’s Justice Department sued Arizona.

Things are quite different under the Trump administration. ICE is allowed to do their jobs again. This probably wasn’t the best time for the Golden State to try to give the finger to the administration, which is really the only purpose of this legislation:

“The California Values Act won’t stop ICE from trolling our streets—it will not provide full sanctuary—but it will put a kink in Trump’s perverse and inhumane deportation machine,” California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, who first introduced the legislation, said in a statement Thursday.

This could really end up backfiring on the insane far lefties who have a stranglehold on Sacramento right now. Rather than thwarting ICE, which the bill is designed to do, they will be picking up people they might not have if local authorities were assisting them.