California’s legislature passed a bill making the state a sanctuary state and will prevent law enforcement from cooperating with ICE. Many herald this as a win for the open borders crowd and if Obama were still president, it would be, but there is a new sheriff in town and he doesn’t take things lying down.
Under the system in states that respect the rule of law, ICE can pick up the criminal aliens from the local jails and deport them. That is not the case in California, where ICE will now have to conduct raids on the illegal’s home or place of work.
This is not only more dangerous for the ICE agents but for illegal aliens too. ICE has announced that they will deport all illegals they find while targeting the criminals. So instead of deporting one illegal, ICE could deport dozens from a single raid.
Under California’s new law, state and local police will have major restrictions in how and when they can collaborate with federal agents on immigration investigations and arrests.
One notable provision in the law is it prohibits so-called immigration holds, requests from ICE to local authorities to hold a prisoner or detainee longer than the constitutionally mandated period.
Opponents say a hold, also known as a detainer, constitutes a violation of a detainee’s constitutional rights, and their enforcement puts local authorities at risk of liability.
Supporters, chief among them Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, say detainers are necessary so arrests of dangerous immigrants can be made in the confines of jails and prisons.
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” Homan warned.
California now insists that ICE and other immigration officials get judicial warrants to speak to criminal illegal aliens but it is difficult and sometimes impossible to get those warrants, especially from judges who don’t care about the rule of law when it goes against their ideological beliefs. Detainers are a much better way for the system to work. Of course California liberals don’t want it to work.
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Another side effect of the sanctuary state law is that since California can’t be trusted, ICE will have to detain all of those arrested out of state. That will make it virtually impossible for relatives to visit them while they await their court hearing.
And that will include the illegals who were arrested as collateral damage due to the new law. I wonder what the California legislature would have done if they had clearly thought about the repercussions before they voted. No, I don’t wonder. I am sure they would have voted for the bill anyway.
Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice Education Fund said:
“The California Values Act is a stinging rebuke to the nativism of President Trump and his drive to deport millions.”
“Trump and Sessions are determined to bully state and local jurisdictions into turning immigrants over to ICE even though it diverts law enforcement from protecting the public. With this and other steps, California is declaring that it wants no part in aiding and abetting Trump’s deportation force.”
Now, watch him scream when he realizes the law he pushed for causes more deportations rather than less.
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