Officials from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies say they aren’t planning to help ICE round up illegal immigrants.
Of course CalNews.com readers know this isn’t news.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland City Council took it a step further, passing a resolution prohibiting police from providing so much as traffic control for federal immigration-enforcement actions.
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, D-Los Angeles, called it a threat by the Trump administration to “weaponize federal agencies against California.”
The state’s U.S. senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, said they were “deeply concerned” about ICE’s enforcement plans.
It’s unclear whether local authorities would receive any notice from ICE before a raid. We wouldn’t blame ICE from keeping this information secret. It’s pretty obvious that Bay Area authorities are plotting against ICE.
Officials with the San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Richmond and San Rafael police departments, along with the Santa Clara and Alameda counties’ sheriff’s offices, all said they had not been notified about planned immigration operations.
“We know nothing about anything to do with what ICE is doing — we’re as out of the loop as anyone else in the public,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
That’s probably a good thing.
All California law-enforcement jurisdictions were sharply limited from cooperating with raids as of Jan. 1, when a new state law took effect. It bars law enforcement officers from arresting people for civil immigration warrants or participating in joint task forces with federal officials to enforce immigration laws.