Bay Area subjected to massive ICE raids and Northern California police want nothing to do with it
By Kevin Del Rosario
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:03 AM PDT
On January 17th, Thomas Homan, the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, announced that they will be targeting California to arrest undocumented immigrants since it is known for being a sanctuary state.
The ICE will primarily be targeting major Bay Area cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the ICE plans on arresting up to 1,500 illegal immigrants within the Bay Area. Homan states that California “better hold on tight” and that if local officials “don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”
Because most of the Bay Area cities have announced they will provide sanctuary, law enforcement officials from these major cities have confirmed they will not be assisting the ICE in detaining undocumented immigrants.
The Oakland and San Francisco police departments told The Dominican Beat that they “nothing to say on the topic.” Perhaps this has to do with the controversy the two departments have sparked since neither want to assist the ICE in their raids.
According to the SF Gate, the ICE have began their raids in 77 workplaces around Northern California. No arrests have been made but the ICE still have intent on reaching their quota. If you or someone else you know requires Immigration Legal Services, please call (415) 306-0437 or (415) 454-2640.