ICE Director Thinks California Lawmakers Should Thank Him For 'Removing Public Threats'

Elias Hubbard
March 9, 2018

"Localities must arm themselves with the facts and a deep understanding of the legal consequences of detainers when considering whether to collaborate on immigration enforcement" said Josh Breisblatt, senior policy analyst at the American Immigration Council.

Homan said that 89 percent of all the illegal immigrants ICE arrested in the past fiscal year had a criminal history.

Last week, for example, ICE said it made 232 arrests in an operation targeting Northern California. He claimed tjat he tried to meet with Harris and California Senator Dianne Feinstein over the past few months to explain the agency's motive.

Jerry Brown blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, accusing the administration of trying to "polarize America".

"I would think that the Oakland mayor and the congressional representatives of California would send me letters thanking me for removing public safety threats", Homan said. "They've canceled every one of those meetings". The 287 (g) program allows non-federal law enforcement officials to perform immigration enforcement actions to the extent consistent with state and local law.

The federal government's attempt to enlist local law enforcement officials to detain immigrants could put local police departments at risk of legal liabilities, a civil rights group argued in a report released this week. He also targeted Schaaf directly, saying, "How dare you, how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open-borders agenda". "As this report shows, even though ICE continues to sell different ways for local sheriffs and law enforcement to detain immigrants, these jurisdictions will still be exposed to liability for potential constitutional violations and create a less safe environment for all their residents". "Kamala Harris or the governor's not asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration], or any other law enforcement agency to ignore the laws they're supposed to enforce". It describes the legal liabilities local governments face when they honor ICE requests, known as "detainers", to hold individuals past the completion of their criminal custody until immigration agents take them into administrative custody.

Proponents of the measure say it cements the relationship that already exists between law enforcement agencies and ICE and thereby reduces the risk of unsafe people slipping through the cracks, being released and potentially committing more crimes. "I mean, we enforce immigration law, that is our job, that is our sworn oath, and we are going to do it without apology".

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