Prankster Sign Underscores Lunacy of New California Sanctuary Law

Posted January 06, 2018

Homan, now the acting head of ICE who Trump picked to be the agency's permanent director in November, told Fox News' Neil Cavuto that he believes sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials are violating an "alien smuggling statute" by shielding them in their jails.

California Gov. Jerry Brown at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on May 11, 2017. During the booking process, people are fingerprinted, and those fingerprints go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which sends them to ICE.

The ACLU said Wednesday that acting director Thomas Homan's "outrageous threat" to bring charges against local politicians who enact and carry out sanctuary city policies "should disqualify [him] from consideration for the permanent ICE director post".

A similar sign popped up in Malibu a year ago after it adopted sanctuary city policies. For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access, that is, in my opinion, a violation of 8 U.S.C. 1324, that's an alien smuggling statue. "There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement". "And these politicians can't make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying".

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A California Department of Transportation worker removes a "sanctuary state" sign Monday from the San Bernardino county line on Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border.

Homan said he wants to see the politicians personally held accountable for people dying at the hands of criminal illegal aliens due to sanctuary policies.

Homan revealed that he is now working with the Department of Justice to look into whether the federal government can "charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law" and "hold these politicians personally accountable". When asked about his remarks afterward, Homan told CNN, "It needed to be said. we will now enforce the laws on the books, which we haven't been allowed to do".

"I can give example after example of the effect this law is going to have on the community safety in the state of California". "So California just bit off a lot more than it can chew", he said.

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent detains a convicted criminal alien in Los Angeles, Calif., on October 14, 2015.

If they're arrested and a background check shows a conviction for any one of the hundreds of offenses listed in the law, including many serious felonies - rape, murder, robbery - then law enforcement can notify ICE about the person's release date and when the day comes, they can transfer that person into ICE custody.

He revealed that he's working on an initiative that would repeal California's sanctuary state law and require law enforcement to cooperate with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Supporters of SB 4 believe the law will take criminals off the streets.

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Violators could be subject to civil action, according to state Senate president and author of the bill Kevin de León.