Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will target California for its "so-called" sanctuary state status in what could be the biggest enforcement operation yet under President Trump.
USA immigration agents are planning to detain and deport more than 1,500 illegal immigrants in a massive California operation meant to send a clear message to the so-called sanctuary state, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.
The unconstitutional pushback comes as ICE plans raids across California and other sanctuary areas because federal authorities can no longer count on the local police to coordinate with them.
The source told the Chronicle that ICE agents may look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants during the raids.
The source who spoke to The Chronicle said the plan calls for immigration officers to be flown in from other parts of the country to help carry out the operation.
The raids would again pit left-leaning California against US immigration officials intent on doubling down on fighting illegal immigration and could be the first big test of the state's new sanctuary legislation.
Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan asking how raids are prioritized. "The stronger our partnerships are with local law enforcement, the better we can execute ICE's public safety mission and protect our communities". "ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration".
A spokesman for the LCSO was checking to confirm the ICE announcement.
The news conference will take place at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon.
Previous ICE domestic operations under President Trump haven't bagged more than a few hundred illegal immigrants at a time, but the organization did participate in a massive global gang enforcement operation that charged 3,800 gang members.
"They've been criticizing sanctuary jurisdictions since Day One", he said of Trump administration officials.
While SB54 generally prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with ICE officials, Hing said some police departments might feel pressured to work with agents during raids.
"I want you to ask my victim's family if he should have been here", the sheriff said. "We must stand up for their rights".
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, said the administration is targeting immigrants to make a political point.