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.