The harsh comments came after acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan told Fox News' Neil Cavuto that he hoped the Justice Department would challenge sanctuary cities in the court, and that the department should "hold these politicians personally accountable".
In a discussion that focused on California, which Gov. 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".
State and local officials have called the Trump administration's sanctuary city rhetoric "outrageous" and "unhinged" after a top immigration official floated the idea of targeting local politicians in municipalities that seek to protect undocumented immigrants.
The statute, in part, states that a person is in violation of the law if he or she is "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to hide, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation". Both signs underscore the lunacy of sanctuary policies, which are not only a clear violation of federal law but endanger the lives of innocent Americans. U.S. courts have repeatedly held feds can't force states/localities to do Trump's bidding on draconian deportation tactics.
"California better hold on tight", said Homan, promising to "significantly increase" his agency's enforcement presence in the Golden State. "I think we charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law".
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"The Department of Justice needs to do a couple of things".
"I can give example after example of the effect this law is going to have on the community safety in the state of California".
Smuggling organizations will use the law as a "selling point", he said, adding that Brown "bit off a lot more than he can chew". That same, Homan struck back, saying ICE would continued to aggressively go after what they see as illegal aliens.
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.
SB-54 forbids local law enforcement to communicate with immigration officials about when a criminal is about to be released from custody, except under special circumstances. "Is there a shred of civility, dignity or intelligence left in this president or in this administration?"