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CA Sanctuary State Law Leads to More ICE Agents

CA Sanctuary State Law Leads to More ICE Agents

Referring to California’s decision to declare itself a sanctuary state, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan stated that there now will be more ICE agents present in their state. Homan described California’s action as “terrible” and a choice to put “politics ahead of public safety.” A recent CNN article details how Homan also stated that if California politicians would not protect its own communities, then ICE would do it for them, because “more citizens are going to die because of these policies.” California’s sanctuary state law prohibits local law enforcement agencies from using their resources to assist federal immigration agents. Local law enforcement agents may not inquire about an individual’s immigration status or allow federal immigration agents to interview individuals while in local custody. This incident is only one in the continuing battle between ICE and cities and states that have sanctuary policies in place. The Trump administration has shown its displeasure with California and other sanctuary jurisdictions by attempting to withhold federal funding for law enforcement agencies and publicly calling them out as non-cooperative. Although Homan continues to support the withholding of federal funding for these communities, a federal judge blocked Trump’s executive order in that respect. Homan also has called for charges to be brought against the jurisdiction, for politicians supporting these policies to be held accountable for their actions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded to Homan’s statements on Twitter, stating that California will “stay the course” and “enforce our laws that protect our communities.” Research indicates that communities with sanctuary policies generally have lower crime rates and immigrants, on the whole, commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens. Legal representation is essential to fighting back against deportation charges brought by the federal government. The Oakland deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings, regardless of the form of relief that may be available under immigration law. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 756-4468 to set up a legal evaluation with one of our highly skilled California immigration lawyers.

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