About a dozen immigration agents huddled just before dawn outside an Ace Hardware store in Jurupa Valley, a semi-rural city in Riverside County.
They were equipped with firearms, protective vests and intelligence on the morning routines of the six men they were seeking.
It was 4 a.m. Thursday, June 22, and many of the men would soon be on their way to work or coming home from a night shift.
While immigrant advocates have voiced concern about recent enforcement operations, ICE says it could be taking a higher number of convicted criminals into custody — and more easily — if not for internal law enforcement agency policies and state laws.
“These policies that some cities and jurisdictions have created — that’s definitely hampered us,” said David Marin, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles. “So we’ve had to sort of adjust our resources to go out into the communities and apprehend these individuals instead of apprehending them in a secure environment.”
Now, ICE officials say they would be further constrained by the possible implementation of Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act. The legislation, sometimes referred to as a ‘sanctuary state’ bill, has been passed by the state Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News