In Northern California, immigrant communities are bracing for a crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, following reports that ICE agents are planning raids with a goal of arresting over 1,500 people. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the crackdown will be centered in the Bay Area and that the ICE raids will be the largest yet under President Trump. News of the looming crackdown comes days after the agency’s acting director, Thomas Homan, said he would target California after it formally declared itself a “sanctuary state” for immigrants at the start of the new year. Homan has also said he wants to arrest politicians who resist the Trump administration’s immigration policies. On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate committee she was looking into charges.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues might be available. The context of this is, of course, not only putting my ICE officers at risk, but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws.”