U.S. immigration officials plan to conduct a “major sweep” in San Francisco and other Northern California cities over the next few weeks in the recently-minted “sanctuary state,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Centered in the Bay Area, the campaign has its sights set on over 1,500 undocumented individuals – sending a message that federal immigration policies will still be enforced in the ‘defiant’ sanctuary state. According to The Chronicle, ICE will be flying immigration enforcement officers in from around the country to assist with the raids – which will include worksites believed to be harboring illegal employees. The raids could take several days, according to an unnamed source.
The sweep would be the largest of its kind under the Trump administration, a source told the Chronicle – and would be the first such operation since California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation enacting statewide “sanctuary” laws last October – vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can detain, question and transfer at the request of federal authorities.