The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency rebuked Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., on Friday for enacting a statewide sanctuary law for illegal immigrants, and said the decision will prompt a higher number of raids that target that population.
“Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign SB54 and make California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens – including those who have committed crimes – will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission. The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise,” acting ICE Director Tom Homan said in a statement.
“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 added. “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.”