ICE Director: Arrests Coming to CA Neighborhoods, Workplaces
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio, reports on 10/6/17:
The nation’s top immigration enforcement official is vowing arrests in California neighborhoods and at work sites now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the so-called “sanctuary state” bill.
In a blistering Friday afternoon statement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan says California’s new law “will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission.”
Homan adds that his agents will now be forced to conduct “at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests.” And he says ICE will likely need to detain Californians out of state, far from their families.
That prompted a terse response from the bill’s author, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). He blasted what he termed “heavy-handed threats” and called the statement inaccurate, saying it “exemplifies the fearmongering and lies that guide this administration.”
The governor’s office suggested that ICE has already conducted “at-large“ arrests well before SB 54’s signing. It also referred back to Brown’s signing statement, in which he laid out what the bill does — and does not — do.”
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