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Prank California highway signs 'welcome' felons, illegal immigrants and MS-13

ICE Agents in Southern California

"This isn't the America I grew up in", Homan said. In November, a District Court judge in California became the latest to block enforcement of an executive order by President Donald Trump that would prevent certain federal funds from reaching sanctuary cities. As the interview wrapped up, he added, "We gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes".

In New York City, the largest sanctuary city in the United States, officials similarly said that attacks on their policies - and politicians - is an unfortunate hallmark of the Trump campaign.

The statute, in part, states that a person is in violation of the law if he or she is "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to hide, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation". Jerry Brown. Sanctuary cities, though not legally defined, limit the situations in which local law enforcement cooperates with federal immigration agents. "For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don't allow us access, that is, in my opinion, a violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324".

"We're going to vastly increase our enforcement footprint in the state of California", he said.

The signs in photos and videos being circulated on social media are similar to one placed in Malibu in April 2017, after it declared itself a sanctuary city.

He revealed that he's working on an initiative that would repeal California's sanctuary state law and require law enforcement to cooperate with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The law, which went into effect on January 1, "bars law enforcement officers in the state from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person's immigration status or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the goal of enforcing immigration laws", according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, the official confirmed that uncooperative jurisdictions have a higher rate of criminal alien releases than in places that honor ICE detainers. Homan said the law puts his officers at risk by forcing them to arrest "dangerous criminals on their turf".

"I can give example after example of the effect this law is going to have on the community safety in the state of California". Local and state officials can also still share information with ICE if an immigrant has committed one of roughly 800 crimes. California better hold on tight - they're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the State of California.

Pham, from Texas A&M, argues that big-city mayors likely won't be scared-off by the administration's legal case.