ICYMI: ICE tells California to pound sand as agents arrest two illegal immigrants in ‘defiance of state law’

Under the Constitution, cities and states have never had the authority to dictate immigration enforcement

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Throngs of President Trump’s supporters have been waiting and waiting for his administration to push back against the Democrat Left’s attempts to prevent federal immigration authorities from doing the jobs they were congressionally mandated to do, and that day appears to have finally arrived.



In a little-noticed story published by the Los Angeles Times, ICE agents arrested a pair of illegal aliens in a Northern California courthouse in ‘defiance’ of the state’s “sanctuary law.”



Under the state’s law, ICE and other federal immigration authorities are required to obtain a warrant before they can seize illegal immigrants on courthouse grounds.

The paper and other ‘mainstream media’ outlets reported that ICE agents “flouted” the state law in doing their jobs. The Associated Press reported further:

U.S. immigration agents arrested two people at a Northern California courthouse, including a man detained in a hallway on his way to a hearing, flouting a new state law requiring a judicial warrant to make immigration arrests inside such facilities.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made the arrests Tuesday at Sonoma County Superior Court, prompting an outcry from criminal justice and court officials who said the action undermines local authority and deters immigrants who are in the country illegally from participating in the U.S. justice system. …

California is one of several states that have passed laws to push back on a Trump administration policy introduced two years ago to make immigration arrests inside courthouses. Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to prohibit immigration arrests at courthouses without a warrant issued by a judge. …

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi and San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin condemned the arrests for undermining public safety. Sonoma County counsel Bruce Goldstein called ICE’s actions “lawless” because the agents had no warrants.

“It’s now going to put total fear in the community,” Pozzi said in an interview with the Press Democrat. “People aren’t going to come to court. Victims will refuse to show up. Witnesses will refuse to show up … cases will have to get dismissed.”

Blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada.

In fact, it is California and every other “sanctuary” city and jurisdiction in the country that are “flouting” federal law, which, under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, supersede state and local laws. And Homeland Security officials reminded California courts and prosecutors and lawmakers of that fact in response to the ‘outcry.’

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ICE said in a statement that California’s law doesn’t supersede federal law and “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.”

“Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities,” David Jennings, ICE’s field office director in San Francisco, added.

PJ Media notes further:

ICE’s actions follow the deployment of Customs and Border Patrol agents to sanctuary cities and states. The state government of California bitterly criticized that move, but find themselves unable to do anything to prevent it. The Department of Homeland Security, the agency under which ICE and CBP operate, can send its personnel anywhere they see fit to send them.

It’s also worth noting that when a Democrat president was in office — Obama — the Justice Department successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down most of an Arizona law requiring tougher enforcement against illegal immigration.

“The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”

So…what’s changed? Only the president and the party he represents.


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If Arizona, constitutionally, cannot impede or alter the federal government’s “significant power to regulate immigration,” in Kennedy’s words, then neither can California, wailing and ‘outcry’ notwithstanding.

And frankly, it’s about time the Trump administration stopped allowing lawless Democrat-run states and cities to dictate immigration policy and enforcement. Under the Constitution, they’ve never had the authority to do that.

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Frank Johnson
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Great start now let’s go after state employee who is not following federal mandates and laws on immigration!😂

old farta
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old farta

Hey, how is the “justice” system going to make money if ICE keeps taking away their clients.

boyd
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boyd

SO IF THE STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN’T DO ANYTHING TO STOP I.C.E. FROM MAKING ARRESTS WITHIN COURT ROOMS, THEN WHY THE HELL HAS I.C.E. WAITED SO LONG TO BEGIN DOING SO? I CONGRATULATE TRUMP FOR FINALLY SAYING THE HELL WITH YOUR PSEUDO SANCTUARY UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND PROCEEDING AS IF THEY DON’T EVEN EXIST. BUT WHY THE WAIT, DONALD? HOW COME YOU DIDN’T DO THIS 2-3 YEARS AGO?

Jon
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Jon

I can hear the California AG now. We’re going to sue Donald Trump. I can’t wait to read it. I need a good laugh.

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

It’s about time. There is no sanctuary! Not for criminal/illegal activity.

Bernard FitzMaurice
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Bernard FitzMaurice

Any State official, whether local law enforcement or a judge, even a federal judge, if they try to interfere with a arrest by an ICE officer, can and should be arrested for interfering with a federal officer performing his duty. This is a felony. Until now ICE officers have been avoiding confrontation with locals, but there is no requirement for federal officers to follow state or local laws in regards to federal law enforcement!

Jack
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BOOOOOM !!!! Democrats – When Obama was in power as Pres to handcuff Federal law enforcement to protect criminal illegal aliens from prosecution and deportation, they claimed Federal govt power superseded States from acting on their own accord to protect their citizens from illegal alien criminals. Now that Pres Trump is in office and power as US Pres, suddenly States think they can reverse that position, and have State, City, and County power and authority to override Federal govt power and authority. WRONG !!! US Federal govt has US Constitutional power and authority over States to enforce Federal laws within… Read more »

Mick McCall
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Mick McCall

Next up, recreational marijuana.

.50cal
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.50cal

Wait til they start arresting the politicians in Putofornia. The ones facilitating child trafficking, and drugs. El Chopo was trying to spill the beans, but the media-putos wouldn’t have it. Yep, it’s true.

RandyLee
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RandyLee

I believe, in this case, federal law TRUMPS state law. so suck it california!!!

Mark Eaves
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Mark Eaves

‘Avoiding the legal justice system’ equates to ‘we won’t receive their court costs.’

Timmy75
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Timmy75

Oh, heavens to BETSY!! You mean they’re flouting the law in order to apprehend criminals holed up in states that are… FLOUTING the law? Oh MY, oh DEAR, Ohhhhhh sweet JeSUS! what IS this world coming to?

Who is it that sent all these stupid people to our planet to annoy us?

ELF
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ELF

Please don’t blame ALL the people of California for this .
A great many of us here wish that the Feds would now come and
arrest out scumbag governor and his cronies for breaking the law .

Bluto
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Bluto

Great article! Thanks for the insight into what’s going on in California AND with the Federal government finally exercising it’s right of Federal status.

.50cal
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.50cal

There are tunnels all over that state. The child trafficking goes down via tunnels. Then the politicians get paid off. This keeps the supply of adrenochrome up, and price point down.

.50cal
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.50cal

Gavin Buttclown thinks doctors should write prescriptions for housing.

Yep, a fuckin homoretard!

alb
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alb

Here in Orange County there were many cities and even the county which declared they were NOT sanctuary cities. Then super liberal Newsom decided to make the whole state a sanctuary. Of course the cities were held to a higher law. Now clown Newsom has to answer to a higher law. It’s great. Now he can go eat crow.

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