Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan may soon make good on claims that federal agents will soon conduct more immigration enforcement actions in newly minted "sanctuary state" California, if a source for the San Francisco Chronicle is correct.
Sheriffs from 17 Florida counties have signed onto a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that will allow them to keep illegal aliens in jail longer to give ICE officers a chance to pick them up.
Bill Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, said he has expected the ICE raids would happen for a while, particularly in high-profile sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco County.
The source told the Chronicle that ICE agents may look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants during the raids.
Seventeen Florida law enforcement agencies have agreed to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement, offering what officials say is a template that can be used nationwide to overcome legal obstacles preventing tight working relationships.
The city's previous policy prohibited local law enforcement from participating in federal immigration investigations. "The stronger our partnerships are with local law enforcement, the better we can execute ICE's public safety mission and protect our communities".
Immigration enforcement has been ongoing in California, with federal authorities carrying out enforcement activities like recently initialed payroll audits of one hundred 7-11 stores that quickly resulted in the arrest of 21 suspected illegal aliens.
According to the SFGate report, ICE authorities will be targeting the sanctuary state in a few weeks.
The news conference will take place at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon. Essentially, the local agencies will hold immigrants who have been arrested for other crimes and are in the country illegally, in custody for ICE. "It might get ugly".
"I want you to ask my victim's family if he should have been here", the sheriff said.
"Immigrants are the backbone of our country, and such raids will only incite fear in our communities and undermine public safety", he said in a statement.
"(Immigrants) must not be targeted in raids exclusively because they are Californians", she said, adding that the large-scale operation would show that "the administration is carrying out its enforcement actions to make a political point and not based on the security of the country".