Ice Accuses City Council Of Encouraging Interference In Deportations


John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University in Orange County, said ICE is taking the right approach in potentially targeting San Francisco and other Bay Area cities.

The raids would again pit left-leaning California against USA immigration officials intent on doubling down on illegal immigration enforcement and could be the first big test of the state's new sanctuary legislation.

Bill Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, said he has expected the ICE raids would happen for a while, particularly in high-profile sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

But Immigration advocates have argued that enforcing criminal charges on California's mayors and leaders for abiding by the policy would be illegal.

As with much of the Trump administration's policy, last week's approach to workplace raids marks a significant departure from previous administrations, USA Today and others explain; under former President Barack Obama, ICE agents focused on employers, and his predecessor George W. Bush was more lenient toward employers. The aim is to prevent the release of criminals back into the community, they said, citing cases where an immigrant facing a removal order was released from custody pending deportation, and committed crimes.

During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.

Many of those reports trace the concerns to a recent Fox News appearance by Acting ICE Enforcement Director Thomas Homan, during which he blasted California Gov.

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AB450 was largely overshadowed by the more prominent "sanctuary state" bill that also passed a year ago, limiting cooperation between local and state law enforcement and immigration authorities.

Under SB 54, as reported, California is a "sanctuary state", which bans public officials and employers from turning over criminal illegal aliens to federal immigration officials.

The partnerships, officials said, will make communities safer. process is being rolled out with 17 Florida counties but plans are to take it nationwide.

"We will, as always, work with our federal partners in every respect to go after drug dealers, human traffickers, potential terrorists", Becerra said.

ICE would like localities to hold illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours beyond their normal release time, giving deportation officers a chance to come collect them.

"We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents", Schaaf told KPIX 5 of her opposition to ICE raids. "Tearing families apart and creating more fear in our communities is not a productive approach to immigration enforcement", he said.