ICE defies California sanctuary law to arrest illegal immigrant at San Francisco courthouse.
Democrats won’t fund a wall to keep illegals Out, but they will force sanctuary cities to keep them In!
They acted after the city rejected 8 detainer requests for a man with three felony convictions.
Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says “Sanctuary cities are not sanctuaries for immigrants. They are sanctuaries for dangerous criminals.”
Washington Times: ICE announced Friday that it again went ahead and defied a California sanctuary law and arrested a repeat-felon illegal immigrant outside of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice this week. It prompted angry denunciations from local officials.
The arrest is the latest escalation between the Trump administration and California over immigration enforcement, with the feds pushing back hard on the state’s sanctuary policies through lawsuits, subpoenas, and now flouting the state’s own laws.
ICE said it had tried eight times to get local authorities to turn over the man, who was not identified by name, but each time those “detainer” requests were rebuffed.
So they tracked him down as he was about to enter the courthouse for a hearing, and made the arrest.
“Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities,” said David Jennings, director of ICE’s San Francisco field office.
California last year enacted Assembly Bill 668, which attempted to make courthouse arrests without a judicial warrant illegal.
That was aimed at ICE, which when it’s enforcing civil immigration laws cannot obtain a judicial warrant, but makes arrests on administrative warrants instead.
Jennings said ICE won’t let that law govern how federal officers, following laws passed by Congress, do their jobs.
And he said it’s San Francisco that suffers by protecting people like this week’s target, who had three felony convictions for burglary in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
“Criminals like this individual are released to reoffend again and again. A simple phone call to ICE to arrange the secure transfer of such individuals would serve the hard working residents of the city far more than a misguided sanctuary policy,” Mr. Jennings said.
San Francisco’s district attorney and public defender issued a joint statement condemning the arrest.
“ICE actions in or near our courthouses deters people from accessing our justice system, making us all less safe,” said San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Public Defender Mano Raju promised to mount a legal defense for the man.