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ICE plans major sweep in Northern California, Bay Area

Jail | Crime | Law Enforcement ICE plans major sweep in Northern California, Bay Area
Nellie Chapman | 18 January, 2018, 13:35

A major challenge to sanctuary cities in Northern California may happen within the coming weeks. There's a report US immigration agents are preparing to conduct major sweeps against undocumented immigrants.

They reacted to an anonymous San Francisco Chronicle report and recent promises by Homan and others to conduct raids in response to a new California law strictly limiting the cooperation of local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities.

ABC7 goes on to cite an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, which states Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] "would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state".

Immigration officials declined to comment on any possible specific operations.

After Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 into law, a law that would make California a sanctuary state for immigrants, ICE Director Thomas D. Homan announced that the agency will be taking a tough stance on the Golden State.

California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Homan Wednesday expressing concern that "rather 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". The source who knows about the operation says ICE agents from across the country will be flown in to help with the sweep.

Law enforcement officials told the paper they have not been notified as of Wednesday, but said they would not provide support.

"He obviously had not familiarized himself with what California actually did, which was in no way out of compliance with federal law", said Lofgren, the ranking Democrat on the House's Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee.

On Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council voted to bar police from providing traffic control for ICE raids. "The only conclusion I could come to is that the sole goal of these raids is to create fear in immigrant communities". The report did not specify a date, but said it will be conducted in the near future. "We want to protect families, not tear them apart". "We must stand up for their rights", the American politician, who is of Punjabi origin, added.