ICE Will Be Targeting California After the Passing of The "Sanctuary State Bill"


According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, Tom Homan, the current head of ICE, also known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is going to be cracking down hard on the state of California. The crackdown stems from California Governor Jerry Brown recently signing into law Senate Bill 54, which will designate the entire state of California as a sanctuary state and effectively violate federal immigration laws. Tom Homan is the Trump Administration's immigration chief, and he has kept busy since the inauguration.

Senate Bill 54 is designed to offer more protection for undocumented immigrants residing in the country illegally. According to the ICE director, the bill is a public safety hazard and undermines the authority of his department to carry out their federally appointed duties. He has also made statements claiming Governor Jerry Brown is incorrect when he states otherwise.

Officials in California have warned and demanded ICE stay out of government offices, jails and courtrooms in the past, but they have no authority to prevent ICE officials from deporting any undocumented immigrant whatsoever, including those jailed for minor offenses or serious charges. Governor Brown believes Senate Bill 54 is an ideal balance between public safety and compassion for the families staying in California illegally that are now actually fearing deportation for laws previous administrations either ignored or loosely enforced.

Governor Brown did have to clarify in a written statement that Senate Bill 54 does not stop the Department of Homeland Security or ICE from their federally appointed duties, which also includes neighborhood sweeps. Additionally, he stated those agencies are still free to use their vast resources to enforce immigration laws in California.

Governor Brown also had to admit that the bill does not protect criminals either because it does not legally stop sheriffs from allowing immigration authorities from the proper agencies to enter California jails in order to do their jobs. Also, the bill does not prohibit law enforcement officials or others with authority from cooperating or even assisting with deporting people in California prisons or local jails for the list of several hundred grave offenses contained in the TRUST Act.

The bill itself may seem more like a kind gesture from the state to the huge population of undocumented immigrants living there, but it will likely just lead to an increase in arrests and deportation. The "collateral arrests and deportations" will most likely be a result of the state challenging federal law.