When Democrats in California passed a law earlier this month declaring their state to be a “sanctuary state,” they assumed this meant that Donald Trump’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials would be powerless to deport illegal aliens there. Unfortunately for these liberal California nitwits, however, they just learned that they were dead wrong.
San Francisco Gate reported that ICE officials have begun preparing for a massive sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would like to arrest 1,500 illegal aliens. A source familiar with the operation said that in doing this, ICE is hoping to send the message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state.
The campaign will reportedly be centered in the Bay Area, and it could begin in the next few weeks. The source, who requested anonymity, said that if it is successful, the operation would be the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump.
The source went on to explain that the operation will target people who have been identified as targets for deportation, including those who have been served with final deportation orders and those with criminal histories. This number may increase, however, if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests.
This comes months after California Governor Jerry Brown SB54, which enacted a statewide sanctuary law. Liberal supporters of the bill said that it allows undocumented immigrants to cooperate with local police and seek education, health care and other public services without worrying they will expose themselves to possible deportation. ICE Director Thomas Homan wasn’t having any of it, however, as he said that the federal government would not allow California to be “a sanctuary state for illegal aliens,” and would 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.”
At the beginning of January, Homan warned that “California better hold on tight” and that if local politicians “don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”
When asked about the upcoming operation, ICE spokesman James Schwab said that the agency “doesn’t comment on future or current operations.”