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‘California Better Hold on Tight,’ Trump Immigration Chief Says as ICE Prepares to ‘Significantly Increase’ Presence in State

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on a raid in Los Angeles. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on a raid in Los Angeles. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Taking a jab at Gov. Jerry Brown, President Trump’s top immigration chief on Wednesday said he was preparing to “significantly increase” his agency’s enforcement presence in California because of last year’s passage of a landmark “sanctuary state” law.

“California better hold on tight,” Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Fox News. “They are about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers.”

The comments were the latest salvo between Trump immigration officials and California leaders over the law that took effect Jan. 1.

The law prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from using personnel or funds to hold or question people, or share information about them with federal immigration agents, unless they have been convicted of one or more offenses from a list of 800 crimes.

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