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Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

ICE plans major sweep in Northern California, Bay Area

ICE plans major sweep in Northern California, Bay Area

- Federal immigration officials are reportedly preparing for a major sweep in Northern California after the director of ICE threatened to target California for becoming a sanctuary state.

The campaign, centered in the San Francisco Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Donald Trump, the report said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced they plan to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to an SF Gate report. The number could go up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests, it said. While they don't interfere with enforcement operations or interact with ICE agents, the volunteers will act as an extra set of eyes during enforcement operations, Ruiz said.

Meanwhile, the city of Oakland in California has banned cooperation with ICE.

The ICE earlier this month conducted raids at 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states across the country to apprehend the undocumented immigrants working there.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told reporters that police in her city will not assist ICE officials if the report on the raids is accurate.

"He obviously had not familiarized himself with what California actually did, which was in no way out of compliance with federal law", said Lofgren, the ranking Democrat on the House's Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee.

"We are going to be all over the place, and we are going to enforce law without apology", Homan said. "We want to protect families, not tear them apart".

California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Homan Wednesday expressing concern that "rather than focusing efforts on violent criminals, raids carried out in neighborhoods and workplaces could result in the deportation of individuals who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time".

"This feels political", Alfi said.

"We can understand this threat as of a piece with the recent targeting of immigrants' rights activists who have either been served with notices to appear in immigration court, are in detention, or have already been deported", Leti Volpp, a UC Berkeley law professor, said in an email. "Immigrants are the backbone of our country and such raids will only incite fear in our communities and undermine public safety".

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