In light of California Governor Jerry Brown signing bill SB54 or the “California Values Act,” Tom Homan, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says immigration raids will begin being carried out in local neighborhoods and workplaces.
“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 wrote in a statement. “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.”
Brown signed SB54, into law last week, making California a sanctuary state. Effective January 1, 2018, it will be illegal for a local law enforcement officer to inquire about a person’s immigration status during the course of routine interactions with the public. The law also prohibits law enforcement officials from complying with ICE issued immigration detainers.
After signing the bill into law, Gov. Brown issued a statement saying “This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”
However, Homan didn’t see it this way. In response, he said “Ultimately, SB54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect.”
“SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees,” he added.
“We will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators. ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all sheriffs and local elected officials,” Homan concluded. “This misguided legislation will severely undermine those efforts.”