President Donald Trump said he is "thinking about" ordering border patrol and immigration enforcement out of California over the state's sanctuary policies, to demonstrate that it would result in a crime wave.
Trump issued the threat during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety and gun violence.
Trump told the group that included Attorney General Jeff Sessions that his administration has targeted members of the violent MS-13 gang but has been "getting no help from the state of California".
Last month, a Palestinian man who had been living in the USA for 39 years was deported, despite a request from the House Judiciary Committee that his case be reviewed.
Thomas Homan, ICE's acting director, has been saying for months that limits on cooperation in local jails would lead to a more active street presence of deportation officers. "They are doing a lousy management job", he went on to say.
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Employers are also forbidden to share confidential employee information without a subpoena. Homan said the argument that sanctuary cities protect the immigrant community "could not be further from the truth". Many cities have defied the threats, with lawsuits pending in Chicago, Philadelphia and California over whether the administration has overstepped its authority. At the same time, a new law took effect in California this year that prohibits businesses from assisting federal immigration agents who are conducting raids. "The president's attacks are not only mean-spirited, they're patently false".
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said the state does cooperate with immigration agents - but not for mass deportations. "But if they just want to tear apart hardworking mothers and fathers from their children, then we say adios".
"Our state laws work in concert with federal laws".
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 145 people, described by the agency as "criminal aliens and immigration violators", in a week-long operation in South and Central Texas that ended on Friday, Feb. 16.