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ICE to Sanctuary California: 'Hold on Tight,' More ICE Agents Are Coming

ICE to Sanctuary California: 'Hold on Tight,' More ICE Agents Are Coming

"As I've always said, there's only one way to deal with bullies, and that is to stand your ground and stand with the people, and that's what we'll continue to do in Sacramento", Steinberg said.

"We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes", Mr Homan said.

Although Homan-who has worked at ICE for three decades and is known for supporting anti-immigration policies-touted the Trump administration's favored narrative that sanctuary city policies endanger the public as well as federal officers, the Los Angeles Times notes that "research has shown sanctuary cities have lower crime rates and that immigrants generally commit fewer crimes than US citizens".

"There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement", he said. "Can we hold them accountable?"

A California Department of Transportation worker removes a "sanctuary state" sign Monday from the San Bernardino county line on Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border. When asked about his remarks afterward, Homan told CNN, "It needed to be said. we will now enforce the laws on the books, which we haven't been allowed to do". The city's lawsuit challenges conditions the Department of Justice placed on key law enforcement grants to pressure sanctuary cities to work with ICE agents or face a cut-off of funds. "I think if they knowingly harbor and shield a known illegal alien, a public safety threat, in a jail and won't give us access".

Jose Artica then age 19 of El Salvador is handcuffed and removed from a house in Alexandria Virginia in April 2007
Jose Artica then age 19 of El Salvador is handcuffed and removed from a house in Alexandria Virginia in April 2007

Homan said that as of July 31 previous year, nearly 10,000 criminal aliens who were released onto the streets nationwide-rather than being turned over to ICE-have committed another crime.

He continued: "What I'm also doing is working with the Department of Justice". According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secretary Thomas Homan, almost 10,000 criminal aliens who have been released back onto the streets due to sanctuary policies have recommitted crimes.

On Tuesday, Homan said that transnational drug cartels "are using this sanctuary state law as a selling point". "More citizens are going to die because of these policies".

So, when can local law enforcement still talk to ICE? The law, which went into effect on January 1, "bars law enforcement officers in the state from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person's immigration status or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the goal of enforcing immigration laws", according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Moreover, he argued Brown should be criminally charged over the law.

In May, Abbott signed into law SB 4, which creates civil and criminal penalties for any elected official who prevents local cooperation with federal immigration detention requests. "Is there a shred of civility, dignity or intelligence left in this president or in this administration?"


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