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The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday advocated for the arrest of local and state government officials who don't cooperate with federal immigration agents.

Nor was Homan shy about issuing a threat to California in response to Gov.

"If he thinks ICE is going away, we're not", he said. "We've got to take them to court and we've got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes".

Although Homan-who has worked at ICE for three decades and is known for supporting anti-immigration policies-touted the Trump administration's favored narrative that sanctuary city policies endanger the public as well as federal officers, the Los Angeles Times notes that "research has shown sanctuary cities have lower crime rates and that immigrants generally commit fewer crimes than USA citizens".

"We'd encourage this individual to better educate himself on what laws in California do and don't do before frothing and fear mongering on Fox News", Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Mr Brown's office, told The Independent in a statement.

"This isn't the America I grew up in", Homan said.

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But Homan claims there's just no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. "For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access, that is, in my opinion, a violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324". If Trump endorses his idea via the justice department, it will signal a sea change in American immigration policy.

The effect the law will have on the safety of the community will be devastating, he argued. The city also refuses to honor ICE detainer requests for undocumented people in the city's custody, unless they come with a warrant and are for a person convicted of one of 170 crimes the city deems serious in the last five years.

Smuggling organizations will use the law as a "selling point", he said, adding that Brown "bit off a lot more than he can chew".

ICE is out there doing things that, one day, are going to embarrass the conscience as much as the revelations about torture did. Senate Bill 223, which never advanced out of the Judiciary Committee, would have prevented state and local officers from participating in immigration enforcement. Homan said the law puts his officers at risk by forcing them to arrest "dangerous criminals on their turf".

The raw nerve here was California's passage last year of a landmark "sanctuary state" law, an add-on to the sanctuary-city trend that in recent years has had towns from San Francisco to San Diego, along with hundreds across the country, essentially sheltering illegal immigrants from federal authorities by restricting local law enforcement from helping ICE agents.

  • Sonia Alvarado