Should President Trump pull ICE agents out of sanctuary cities? | The Tylt
Should President Trump pull ICE agents out of sanctuary cities?
President Trump said he was thinking about pulling ICE agents out of California as punishment for the state's refusal to cooperate with immigration enforcement. Trump believes pulling ICE agents out of California would lead to "a crime nest like you've never seen" and force the state to give in to the demands of the White House.
"We're getting no help from the state of California. Frankly, if I pulled our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you've never seen in California. All I'd have to do is say 'ICE, Border Patrol, leave California alone.' You would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They are doing a lousy management job."
While the Trump administration has ramped up immigration enforcement in California in order to pressure the state's sanctuary cities, but California has gone out of its way to protect its immigration population.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan said on Fox News earlier this year that California's policies would only increase ICE's presence. "There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. As a matter of fact, we're in the process now, I'm going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. We're already doing it," he said.
While it is uncertain how serious the president is about pulling ICE agents out of California, it is clear Trump is unhappy with the way the state has been handling its immigration enforcement.
But California has remained steadfast in its fight against federal immigration enforcement and the crackdown on sanctuary cities, essentially becoming a "sanctuary state" to protect its immigration population.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark "sanctuary state" legislation, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.
Senate Bill 54, has been blasted as "unconscionable" by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters have hailed it as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state.
Contrary to Trump's belief that the absence of ICE agents would lead to an explosion in crime, immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes, and California believes focusing on violent criminals is a better strategy than breaking apart families. If Trump wants to punish sanctuary cities by removing ICE agents then so be it.