Trump Ponders Pulling ICE Out of California

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Is having federal immigration enforcement officers in California just a waste of time? On the flip side, can we really afford to allow sanctuary cities?

On Thursday, President Trump stated that he is toying with the idea of pulling ICE out of the liberal state.

“Frankly it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation,” he said, “If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, ‘hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back, they would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”

The Hill reports:

Opponents of the administration have been critical of the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the law enforcement agency responsible for interior immigration enforcement, and its operations in California since the state declared itself a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.

Trump said California is uncooperative with federal law enforcement, particularly when it comes to dealing with gang crime.

If federal agencies were to “pull out” of the state, Trump said, “you would have a crime mess like you’ve never seen in California.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan in January warned California should “hold on tight” for more ICE operations in the state.

But on Wednesday, Homan said the agency doesn’t conduct raids, but rather “targeted enforcement operations.”

“We don’t go into neighborhoods, knock on a bunch of doors looking for people different than us. Every person we arrest, we know exactly who we’re going to arrest, we know exactly where we’re going to arrest them,” Homan stated.

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