"He ought to read his bill", Homan said. "It's got to stop". Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws.
While year-to-date comparisons weren't readily available, over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, immigration arrests were up by more than one-third over the same period in 2016.
In a statement during the bill signing, Brown said, "These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day", ABC Newsreported.
Brown signed SB54, the "California Values Act" into law last week making it illegal, after January 1, 2018, for a local law enforcement officer to ask about a person's immigration status during the course of routine interactions with the public, Breitbart News' Michelle Moons reported.
ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan on Tuesday said the agency will be left with no option but to enforce the laws Congress enacted in the "sanctuary state" of California.
However, the protections do affect how local law enforcement treat undocumented immigrants. The law also prohibits law enforcement officials from complying with ICE issued immigration detainers.
Many who advocate for immigrants feel California's declaration of sanctuary is necessary to push back against federal authorities overstepping their bounds.
"Sanctuary cities don't want to fund a border wall to keep illegal aliens out, but they want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in", Homan said on "America's Newsroom". "With this and other steps, California is declaring that it wants no part in aiding and abetting Trump's deportation force".