I was asked by the LA Times in its candidate questionnaire, as governor, “would you direct the state to do more to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement?”
I would not direct the state to do more to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), if I were Governor. Quite the opposite. I would end ICE transfers from state prisons and jails.
I support the California Values Act, which prevents state and local law enforcement from sharing immigrants’ personal information with immigration authorities and transferring them to immigration custody. I’m glad the US Supreme Court upheld it in summer 2020. Not only is it a waste of our local and state tax dollars when city police departments and county sheriff deputies do the federal government’s work. But more profoundly it creates an environment of fear and erodes trust within local communities.
Even though the Supreme Court decided to leave the California laws in place, ICE is still carrying out enforcement activities in the state, wreaking havoc on immigrant communities through arrest, deportation and removals. I oppose such tactics. It’s easy to understand why many argue to eliminate ICE, when it acts like this.