ICE threatens to escalate arrests in California because of the state’s new anti-deportation law

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This is the vindictiveness, pettiness, and cruelty of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on full display:

The Trump administration’s immigration chief warned Friday that his agents will be making more arrests in California neighborhoods and workplaces because Gov. Jerry Brown signed a “sanctuary state” law.

Tom Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Brown’s decision to sign Senate Bill 54, which offers more protections for unauthorized immigrants, undermines public safety and hinders his department from performing its federally mandated mission, adding that “the governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise.”

“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests,” Homan threatened. But ICE agents have plenty of choices in choosing who to prioritize for arrest, and now they’re threatening an uptick in collateral arrests, a callous term they use to describe when undocumented immigrants who are not the target of a raid are arrested anyway because they happened to be there at the wrong time. 

Now, ICE is promising even more unshackled chaos under the false narrative that so-called “sanctuary city” policies make localities less safe, when immigrants actually “commit far less and are far less likely to commit crime than native born Americans.” If anything, it’s the Trump administration that’s ushering in lawlessness by making immigrants so fearful of local law enforcement, that they’re no longer reporting when they’ve been the victim of sexual assault.