Acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan seems like he plans to keep his promise for the newly labeled “sanctuary state” California, and start focusing on immigration enforcement actions.
According to an anonymous source speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, the agency is planning to conduct a large-scale sweep of the California’s San Francisco Bay Area, allegedly in the coming weeks.
Homan warned California’s Gov. Jerry Brown that his new sanctuary law would only encourage ICE “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.”
“Immigration enforcement has been ongoing in California, with federal authorities carrying out enforcement activities like recently initialed payroll audits of one hundred 7-11 stores that quickly resulted in the arrest of 21 suspected illegal aliens. California was one of many states where these actions took place,” reports Breitbart. “ICE official Derek Benner pointed to the 7-11 enforcements as just the beginning of much more to come, according to the Associated Press.”
In the Chronicle’s report, the source revealed over 1,500 arrests are expected to occur; as ICE is targeting illegals who have been given their final deportation orders and criminals. They also revealed immigration officers were being shipped in to help with the wide-scale sweep.
It was only days after California’s “sanctuary state” law went into effect that Homan was on Fox News telling Californian politicians to “hold on tight.”
“California became the key ideological battleground in the debate over sanctuary jurisdictions with the killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle by an illegal alien — who had been deported several times and convicted of multiple felonies — in July 2015,” reports Breitbart.