ICE Sweeps California, Increases Enforcement Nationwide

Following California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of sanctuary laws in October 2017, the state has been targeted for a major ICE sweep to arrest undocumented individuals. ICE Director Thomas Homan stated that because California’s sanctuary laws nearly eliminate all cooperation with state law enforcement partners, ICE actions “will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community.” Accordingly, in January 2018, ICE issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 77 companies in Northern California. Then, in a five-day period during the week of February 12, 2018, ICE made 212 arrests and issued 122 NOIs to companies in Southern California in the Los Angeles area. Of those arrested, Homan said that “88 percent . . . were convicted criminals.” Those who were issued NOIs regarding their I-9 processes had three days to prepare for the…

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