Immigration and Border Patrol Issues Heat Up in California

California state officials continue brazen demonstrations against federal policy and enforcement efforts as the Oakland mayor offers city residents a heads up on raids conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s efforts in impeding ICE and other federal agencies ring harmoniously with that of other state officials claiming moral and ethical responsibilities in protecting undocumented immigrants residing in their jurisdictions.

The late February ICE raid in the California city resulted in more than 150 arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants, though federal officials contend around 800 individuals evaded agents.

Schaaf’s undercutting of federal actions to protect undocumented immigrants is intended to protect those families and individuals who’ve committed no crimes, she contends.

“I consider myself a law-abiding citizen,” Schaaf told The Washington Post. “I consider myself a believer in American democracy that moves towards a more just society. And I definitely consider myself part of the resistance,” she said, referring to a liberal perspective that holds itself in opposition to Trump Administration policies.

Schaaf and other California politicians already carry a fairly strong history of defiance against the Trump Administration. Last month, for instance, the Oakland mayor said she would willingly go to jail in defending Oakland as a sanctuary city to protect immigrants and not cooperate with federal authority deportation efforts. Schaaf made the remarks in response to Justice Department officials who suggest criminally charging those California politicians who support sanctuary jurisdictions.

“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased [risk] for my officers and alerted criminal aliens– making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” ICE Deputy Director Thoman Honan said in a statement. “Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety.”

President Trump himself isn’t shying away from fanning the acrimonious flames around immigration and border control and enforcement as it pertains to the Golden State. While federal courts have given the green light on portions of the long-promised border wall in the state, the president tweeted he plans to avoid an ad hoc approach to the structure.

“I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved.”

Interestingly, federal approval for the wall came from a ruling made by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Curiel is the same judge Candidate Trump accused as “biased” due to his Mexican heritage and association with activist association La Raza.

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