SAN FRANCISCO─President Donald Trump notified various cities throughout the United States that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that were to take place on June 23 to be postponed for two weeks. The tweet can be read here. This operation potentially targets as many as 2,000 families.
One of the 10 cities targeted for the raid was San Francisco. The full list of cities is below:
- Los Angeles
- New Orleans
- New York
Mayor London Breed proclaimed: “It is unconscionable that the Federal administration is targeting innocent immigrant families with secret raids that are designed to inflict as much fear and pain as possible.”
“Here in San Francisco, we will always demonstrate our values of diversity and inclusiveness by being a sanctuary city that stands up for all our residents and neighbors,” Breed added.
Mission Local, a neighborhood news source published an article regarding resources that families can use.
Attorney Christian Schmidt, advises people not to open their doors even if ICE agents knock. Opening the door gives consent for agents to enter. Lawfully, they are not allowed to enter without a warrant, but they may resort to foul play to enter the premises.
Mayors of San Jose and Oakland have voiced their disapproval of the raids. Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, stated “This is not my America.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo stated: “In San Jose, we reject this administration’s politics of fear and exclusion, which is tearing our families apart.”
According to reports, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) will not take part in any of the raids.
Officer Robert Rueca, a spokesperson for the SFPD indicated that San Francisco was a “sanctuary city” and would not provide assistance for any ICE or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations.
If the ICE operation follows through as planned, they will take place on Sunday, July 7.