Bay Area Police Won’t Help Feds in Immigration Raids

Officials from several San Francisco area law enforcement agencies said federal officials haven’t looped them in on any plans for major sweeps for undocumented immigrants, and added that they didn’t plan to help with any such operations. The Oakland City Council went further, passing a resolution prohibiting police from providing so much as traffic control for federal immigration-enforcement actions.

Officials from several San Francisco area law enforcement agencies said Wednesday that federal officials haven’t looped them in on any plans for major sweeps for undocumented immigrants, and added that they didn’t plan to help with any such operations, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Oakland City Council went further, passing a resolution prohibiting police from providing so much as traffic control for federal immigration-enforcement actions. The response from local jurisdictions came after the Chronicle reported that U.S. officials are gearing up for a major dragnet in Northern California, during which they will seek to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants.

Federal officials have expressed frustration with sanctuary policies adopted by the state and local governments that limit cooperation with immigration-law enforcement. The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Thomas Homan, said California “better hold on tight” and that if local officials “don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.” The plan for sweeps drew a scathing reaction from many California lawmakers. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco called it “deeply shameful,” and state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León called it a threat by the Trump administration to “weaponize federal agencies against California.” Hiroshi Motomura, an immigration law expert at UCLA, said, “Whenever ICE conducts enforcement operations in a community that includes immigrants, there is a real risk that people in that community, including U.S. citizens, will become fearful of law enforcement in general, and that as a natural reaction they will limit their reporting of crimes.”

from https://thecrimereport.org