Senate Leader Kevin de León Responds to Trump Administration Threats of Massive ICE Raids in California and Arrest of Public Officials

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reportedly amassing agents from across the United States as it prepares to launch the most aggressive deportation raids under the Trump Administration in northern California in the coming weeks.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also confirmed in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that her department is exploring pressing criminal charges against state and local officials who implement “sanctuary” policies.

California Senate Leader Kevin de León issued the following statement in response:

“Last week, California beat President Trump in a federal court battle over the future of the DACA program, and the Dreamers who continue to live here under its protection.

“Now, he is lashing out. President Trump and his Administration are threatening to unleash ICE agents from across the country into our communities in what would be largest raid in recent history.

“The Department of Homeland Security has even admitted they are considering a move to arrest political leaders such as myself, who have led the charge in California to prevent the feds from commandeering state and local resources to tear hard working families apart.

“These extraordinary threats against the President’s political opponents are meant to intimidate us, designed to silence and subjugate us. But they will do the opposite.

“Threatening to weaponize federal agencies against California and its residents only strengthens our resolve. We will not stop fighting to protect California’s communities and the people who make this diverse state great.”



“Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 2018

“Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities,” Washington Times, January 16, 2018