California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new law officially making California a sanctuary state.

ICE has a message for the Governor: So I guess that means we’ll have to step up enforcement raids in your state.

The Mercury News reports:

ICE warns of stepped-up raids after California passes ‘sanctuary state’ law

The day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill aimed at preventing local police from helping the Trump administration crack down on illegal immigration, the feds struck back with a threat to raid more workplaces and neighborhoods in California.

Echoing arguments that opponents have made since it was introduced late last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan released a statement Friday saying that Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state” legislation, would “undermine public safety” and force his agency to have a greater presence in places where immigrants live and work.

“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites,” Homan said, “which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests.” This will happen, he claimed, because the new California law will block ICE agents from gaining access to criminal immigrants at jails and prisons.

“Collateral arrests” are a controversial practice in which ICE, while attempting to apprehend an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record, sweeps up other undocumented residents such as family or co-workers at the same location.

Here’s a short video from FOX News about the law:

ICE has released a statement on this:

Statement from ICE Acting Director Tom Homan on California Sanctuary Law

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Does California’s decision mean that other states are allowed to ignore other federal laws? That would have been helpful to know when Obamacare was signed into law.

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