timberland bags California cities prepare for alleged ICE sweeps
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting ready to launch massive raids across California a threat that activists and politicians say is retaliation against the Golden State bold policies.
ICE director Thomas Homan recently told Fox News that the agency will significantly increase enforcement across the state and warned California to on tight. And a report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week said ICE is planning raids targeting Northern California cities, with the goal of arresting more than 1,500 immigrants.
Advocates say they prepared for the crackdowns, with hundreds of volunteers training to act as responders at homes and workplaces where the raids are expected to take place.
kind of knew it was coming already, said Jesus Ruiz, an organizer with San Jose based People Acting in Community Together, or PACT.
ICE spokesman James Schwab declined to comment, saying that the agency does not release information on enforcement activities. immigration officials intent on doubling down on fighting illegal immigration and could be the first big test of the state new sanctuary legislation. California became the first state in the country Jan. 1 when it implemented Senate Bill 54, a far reaching measure aimed at preventing law enforcement officers from helping to carry out Trump promised crackdown on illegal immigration.
The bill limits communication between California police officers and federal immigration agents about people detained by police or in jail awaiting trial. Exceptions include those who have been convicted of serious crimes within the past 15 years and suspects in serious crimes punishable with prison time for which a judge has found probable cause. It also prohibits California officers from inquiring about a person immigration status. citizen volunteers trained to respond to ICE sightings across Santa Clara County. While they don interfere with enforcement operations or interact with ICE agents, the volunteers will act as an extra set of eyes during enforcement operations, Ruiz said.
The network received alerts last week when agents descended on 7 Eleven stores in Santa Clara as part of a national sting targeting undocumented workers within the franchise.
there to be legal observers to make sure that constitutional rights are not being violated, Ruiz said.
He said the notion that California sanctuary bill makes cities unsafe is a false narrative that ICE has created.
does not prevent ICE from doing its work, he said. just prevents ICE from arresting somebody or detaining somebody without a warrant that due process. Homan disputes that notion.
they have done is force my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes, and their places of business, rather than arresting them in the safety and security of a county jail, the ICE director told Fox News Neil Cavuto on Jan. 2. ridiculous to knowingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk.
been criticizing sanctuary jurisdictions since Day One, he said of Trump administration officials. been waiting for more raids and them wanting to make an example of those jurisdictions. said ICE agents will likely go after undocumented immigrants who have missed scheduled deportation hearings, searching their homes and places of employment.
they there, they going to ask everybody else for their documents the so called collateral arrests, he said. might get ugly. arrests are a controversial practice in which ICE, while attempting to apprehend undocumented immigrants with criminal records, sweeps up other undocumented residents such as family members or co workers at the same location.
While SB generally prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with ICE officials, Hing said some police departments might feel pressured to work with agents during raids.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called ICE plans and malice. immigrants will be targeted and their families torn apart, simply for being Californians, Pelosi, D San Francisco, said in a statement. vast immigration dragnet is purpose built to instill fear in our communities. These raids will certainly not make Americans safer. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Homan on Wednesday expressing concern that than focusing efforts on violent criminals, raids carried out in neighborhoods and workplaces could result in the deportation of individuals who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ro Khanna, D Santa Clara, said the administration is targeting immigrants to make a political point.