Sanctuary City Mayor Stands Up to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Leader's Threat

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Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), went on Fox News Tuesday to argue against allowing cities to uphold sanctuary status, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agencies.

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on May 11, 2017. In June, in testimony before the House, he said, "If you're in this country illegally and you committed a crime by being in this country, you should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder".

There was a sanctuary state showdown after the nation's top immigration cop took aim at city leaders across California. In November, a District Court judge in California became the latest to block enforcement of an executive order by President Donald Trump that would prevent certain federal funds from reaching sanctuary cities. "They're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state...if the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities then ICE will". "I mean you've got the state of California that wants to put politics above public safety, ahead of officer safety", Homan said during a Fox News interview on January 2.

"I think we charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law", Homan said.

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"We've got to take these sanctuary cities on, we've got to take them to court and we've got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes", Homan said in a Fox News interview. It also seeks to make it harder for ICE to detain immigrants near courthouses, hospitals, and schools. If Trump endorses his idea via the justice department, it will signal a sea change in American immigration policy. That's an alien-smuggling statute.

California passed a measure previous year that no longer allows local officers to cooperate with the feds unless it involves a serious crime. "So California just bit off a lot more than it can chew", he said. "More citizens are going to die because of these policies". It limits cooperation between local law enforcement and USA immigration authorities.

SB-54 bans state and local law enforcement officers from asking the immigration status of anyone during a routine stop, and they are prohibited from arresting illegal aliens based on civil immigration warrants.

Pranksters with a political message posted at least two official-looking signs over the weekend welcoming criminals, gang members and undocumented immigrants to the newly declared "sanctuary state" of California, including one along Interstate 15 at the border with Nevada. "Is there a shred of civility, dignity or intelligence left in this president or in this administration?"