California is about to get a reminder that, despite their size, ego, and political lockstep, the state is not in fact its own separate country.
The Los Angeles Times reports that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has sent the Golden State a reality check after the enactment of a law making all of California a sanctuary state that will flout federal immigration laws.
The law, recently signed by Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, forbids all local law enforcement in the state from questioning people about their immigration status, as well as blocks state and local officials from cooperating with any requests from the federal government to detain illegals picked up on a separate crime so they can be transferred into federal custody.
As TFPP’s Seth Connell explained when the sanctuary state bill was working its way through California’s legislature:
While de Leon and the bill’s supporters claim that this will not hinder prosecution of those illegal aliens committing crimes, the opposite is the case. By not deporting those convicted of crimes, and simply releasing them back onto the streets, the cycle continues.
But even if there is not a violent criminal conviction for those here illegally, they may still be subject to the penalties of illegally entering the nation. Sneaking across the border and living in the shadows, often getting government benefits on taxpayers’ tab is simply unfair to those who legally come here and to those who are citizens here.
According to acting ICE director Tom Homan, Brown’s decision “will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission” … and there will be consequences:
“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” […]
However, Homan said the decision will “negatively impact” the agency’s operations in the state to such an extent that ICE may incidentally arrest others who would not initially be targeted as they conduct enforcement operations of criminal and noncriminal illegal immigrants.
“Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and 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. This misguided legislation will severely undermine those efforts,” Homan added.
Oops. California sought to prevent the Trump Administration from removing illegal immigrants with a scalpel, but now they’re getting a hammer instead.
Over the course of the Trump Administration’s first year, TFPP has covered Homan’s statements on illegal immigration on a number of occasions in the past, and we’ve been consistently impressed that he speaks with blunt clarity, recognizes the extent of the problem, and has no problem backing up his talk with action. We’re glad to see that in putting California on notice, the ICE director is continuing that tradition.
What do you think is going to happen next? Let us know in the comments!