Federal law trumps state law, and the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is making it clear that sanctuary cities will soon be sanctuaries in name only.
Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, which greatly limits how and whom state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. ICE however, issued a stern rebuke of Gov. Brown in response.
According to the Washington Examiner, ICE rebuked Brown on Friday for enacting a statewide sanctuary law for illegal immigrants, and said the decision will prompt a higher number of raids that target that population.
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Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said in a statement. “Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign SB54 and make California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens – including those who have committed crimes – will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission. The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise,”
“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 added. “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.”
Ironically, it’s California that will benefit the most due to these efforts, given that they suffer the most from the costs of illegal immigration.
It’s hard to imagine why California would have any interest in keeping illegals in their state given the massive burden they impose – unless of course, the long term goal is amnesty, in which California will guarantee their status as a Blue State forever.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]