ICE plans major sweep in Northern California, Bay Area

Growers should be prepared for announced or unannounced inspections from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents

During a news conference Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy director Thomas Homan and law enforcement from several Florida sheriffs' agencies said the new protocol will allow jail operators to legally comply with federal detainer requests that have drawn lawsuits.

The partnership is aimed at illegal immigrants who are arrested and charged for incidents unrelated to their immigration status.

"ICE places a high priority on enhancing public safety through the arrest and removal of criminal aliens from the United States", ICE said in a statement. He said that if local politicians "don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will", the report said. "This is not about politics and illegal immigration".

While SB54 generally prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with ICE officials, Hing said some police departments might feel pressured to work with agents during raids. The courts said holding the inmates violated the detainee's Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizures.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan asking how raids are prioritized.

"It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents", said Schaaf, referring to President Donald Trump.


Federal officials' ability to work with local jurisdictions was curtailed on January 1, after a new California law - SB54 - came into effect that limited inter-agency cooperation.

ICE said the Florida agreement is a test, but it hopes to strike similar deals with other jurisdictions across the country over the next year.

Previous ICE domestic operations under President Trump haven't bagged more than a few hundred illegal immigrants at a time, but the organization did participate in a massive global gang enforcement operation that charged 3,800 gang members. While his cases went through the court system, he drove a vehicle illegally and struck and killed a man on a scooter, Judd said. "However, when an alien is arrested on a local criminal charge, all too often, they are subsequently released before ICE has the opportunity to pick them up from a local jail". The BOA would essentially transfer custody of the suspect to ICE, which would pay the jail to house the suspect for up to 48 hours.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the new protocol is still legally problematic and could lead to civil rights violations.

"Today's announcement is about public safety - period".

Tamara Lush reports for the Associated Press.

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