To cheers from disgusted Americans from around the nation, U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities.
Federal officers look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people, and send a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a panicked San Francisco Chronicle report.
One source who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution at the Chronicle, told CalNews.com that panicked shouts of ¡La migra¡, ¡La migra¡ could be heard spontaneously around the newsroom.
The campaign, centered in the Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump.
The operation would go after people who have been identified as targets for deportation, including those who have been served with final deportation orders and those with criminal histories.
The number could tick up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests.
According to a apoplectic San Francisco Chronicle, the plan calls for immigration officers to be flown in from other parts of the country to help carry out the operation. The sweep could span more than one day and will include enforcement of work sites suspected of illegally employing undocumented immigrants.
Could marijuana arrests be next?