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ICE Planning Massive Raids in California, First Large-Scale Effort Since State Sanctuary Law Signed

Thomas Homan addresses the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are planning a major sweep in Northern California counties in an operation that could lead to the arrests of more than 1,500 undocumented people over the next few weeks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

The campaign, centered in the Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump, said the source, who requested anonymity because the plans have not been made public. ... The operation would go after people who have been identified as targets for deportation, including those who have been served with final deportation orders and those with criminal histories, the source said. The number could tick up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests.

The sweep comes in the wake of President Trump calling the federal court system "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked the Trump administration's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents. 

In addition, the news follows nationwide ICE raids of nearly 100 7-Eleven stores, making 21 arrests on Jan. 10. 

"Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” Thomas D. Homan, ICE acting director, said in a statement.

Homan has also criticized Gov. Jerry Brown for signing a statewide sanctuary legislation (SB54) for California in October.

"California better hold on tight,” Homan said in response on Fox News. “They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California."

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