Liberal California politicians and officials expressed outrage earlier in the week when it was reported ICE was planning to crack down on illegal immigrants and conduct sweeping raids across Northern California despite the state's sanctuary status.
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 and Santa Clara counties. A day after the law took effect in California, he said ICE will "vastly increase our enforcement footprint in the state of California".
The San Francisco Gate reported that ICE's planned sweeps were meant to send a message to state lawmakers. But a source told the Chronicle that ICE agents would target unauthorized immigrants deemed candidates for deportation, such as those with final deportation orders or criminal pasts.
U.S. Immigration Officials said in a statement to KSBY, "Per agency policy, we do not confirm, deny or otherwise speculate on future enforcement actions or operations".
The Oakland City Council on Tuesday voted to formally end all law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials. "We're prepared to challenge any actions by federal immigration enforcement that would violate the constitutional rights of those who live in the state of California".
"They're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California", Homan said at the time. These threats are clearly aimed at political retribution rather than protecting public safety. "Immigrants are the backbone of our country and such raids will only incite fear in our communities and undermine public safety". "We will always work with our federal partners in every respect to go after drug dealers, human traffickers, potential terrorists".
Officials say a 2014 court ruling regarding ICE detainer requests did not give jail operators legal authority to hold inmates after they resolved their local charges. "It's starting to create a little bit of panic in our community and that makes it unsafe for all of us".
"ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable", Homan said.
"America's more than 3,000 Sheriffs across the nation are grateful to the administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the superior leadership of Deputy Director Homan, for listening and working with us to advance and implement this commonsense solution", NSA CEO and Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said.