On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that disallows state and local police from cooperating with federal ICE officials in enforcing federal immigration law.
What’s more, the new law gives safe haven to illegal immigrants, whether criminal or not.
That move has put ICE in a position of no compromise.
ICE Director Thomas Homan explained in a statement on Friday that agents are left with no option but to conduct large-scale raids in California to compensate for the lack of support from state officials.
That also means that far more arrests will be made in lieu of local ‘arrest-and-hold’ policies that otherwise would detain illegal immigrants prior to transferring them to federal custody.
It’s a powder keg waiting to explode.
Here’s more from The Hill…
The country’s top immigration cop said Friday his agents “will have no choice” but to conduct workplace and neighborhood immigration raids in light of California’s new sanctuary law.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement Friday 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.”
Under California’s new law, state and local police will have major restrictions in how and when they can collaborate with federal agents on immigration investigations and arrests.
One notable provision in the law is it prohibits so-called immigration holds, requests from ICE to local authorities to hold a prisoner or detainee longer than the constitutionally mandated period.
Opponents say a hold, also known as a detainer, constitutes a violation of a detainee’s constitutional rights, and their enforcement puts local authorities at risk of liability.
Supporters, chief among them Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, say detainers are necessary so arrests of dangerous immigrants can be made in the confines of jails and prisons.
“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,” Homan warned.