ICE PREPARING MASS ARRESTS OF THE UNDOCUMENTED IN NORCAL
ICE is preparing major sweeps in San Francisco and other Northern California cities that could result in the arrest of upwards of 1,500 undocumented immigrants.
Such an operation marks the largest enforcement action yet targeting undocumented individuals since Trump took office and could rip thousands of families apart. Trump has repeatedly criticized sanctuary cities as impeding his plans for tighter immigration measures. Sanctuary cities offer protection to undocumented immigrants by prohibiting city, county and in California, state officials, from cooperating with federal law enforcement except where convicted immigrant criminals are involved.
ICE will go after those subject to deportation including immigrants with a final removal order and those with criminal histories. ICE has, however, said they will also arrest any undocumented individual they come across while during these anticipated raids.
The move by ICE officials to target California comes on the heels of legislation signed by California Governor Jerry Brown last October enacting a law making California a sanctuary state.
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan criticized Governor Brown for signing SB54. Director Homan stated the law undermined public safety, that the federal government would not allow California to be “a sanctuary state for illegal aliens,” and would have no choice but to “conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, 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.”
Those who may be undocumented should seek assistance immediately from a licensed immigration attorney to learn ways to protect yourself and your families from removal including paths to legal permanent residency. We can help you. Those who have legal status but believe they may be subject to being in contact with ICE are advised to carry evidence of their lawful status such as an unexpired work permit, I-94 or even a receipt notice for any filed application that may still be pending on your behalf to avoid being taken into custody.
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