Donald Trump is threatening to punish (?) California—home to the nation’s largest population of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and undocumented immigrants overall—by pulling his Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mass deportation agents out of the state over its recent efforts to wall off his hate:
“Frankly, it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation,” Trump said at the White House. If the administration were to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from California, the state would be “begging” for them to come back, he said. “I’m thinking about doing it.”
The only thing California is “begging” for is for you to follow through, Donald. Do you guys need plane tickets? A GoFundMe? You name it! But sadly, since ICE’s acting director, mass deportation architect and all-around asshole Thomas Homan has promised to escalate raids in the state, efforts to confirm Trump’s promise don’t seem too promising:
A spokeswoman for ICE referred questions about ICE to the White House. A White House spokeswoman referred questions to the Department of Homeland Security, which houses ICE, and the Department of Justice. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.
Seriously though, the offer still stands, Donald. Folks would be more than happy to pool together some miles. Make California cry. Take your ICEholes and go home.
Jennie Pasquarella, immigrants' rights director of ACLU of California, responds: "Studies have shown that communities that limit cooperation with ICE agents are safer. Mr. President, we’d welcome an ICE-free California.”