The Trump administration is about to ramp up its efforts to deport illegal immigrants from California. The push is a response to a recently enacted law in California that turns the entire state into a sanctuary space for illegal immigrants. President Trump was voted in to stop the sanctuary movement and enforce the law. His voters expect, and in fact deserve, nothing less.
Hamed Aleaziz reports for the SF Chronicle (abridged):
U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state.
The campaign, centered in the Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump
The sweep would represent the first large-scale effort to target the region since Gov. Jerry Brown in October signed legislation enacting a statewide sanctuary law. Supporters say the law allows undocumented immigrants to cooperate with local police and seek education, health care and other public services without worrying they will expose themselves to possible deportation.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan slammed Brown for signing SB54, which he said undermined public safety, and signaled he was prepared to take action.
He said at the time that the federal government would not allow California to be “a sanctuary state for illegal aliens.
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