Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro) issued the following statement after Immigration and Customs Enforcement today threatened to conduct mass arrests in California:
"ICE is overstepping its authority in a clear act of retaliation by an administration intent on deporting as many people as it can.
Today's announcement is the latest evidence of the nationwide anti-immigrant witch hunt the Trump administration is itching to launch.
It's exactly why California passed SB54--to reassure innocent people that they can trust the police and don't have to worry about being deported when they report a crime.
Indiscriminate sweeps would destroy this trust and send people back into the shadows, to be victimized again.
ICE should concentrate on protecting Americans by targeting threats to public safety, and not on terrorizing entire neighborhoods.
As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I will demand answers about this shameful attempt to intimidate my state."