ICE Agents Raid Dozens of Businesses in California

Posted: Feb 02, 2018 8:20 AM
ICE Agents Raid Dozens of Businesses in California

Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, warned California after its sanctuary state law went into effect that it “better hold on tight”—that if politicians wanted to skirt federal law, they need to be prepared for the consequences. 

After only a month into the new year he seems to be following through on his promise to increase ICE’s presence in the state and continue cracking down on illegal immigration. This week, ICE agents raided dozens of businesses in Northern California, officials said Thursday.

This time, ICE agents searched 77 businesses in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas in what was believed to be the largest localized raid since President Donald Trump took office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The raid underscores ICE acting director Thomas Homan’s call for a “400 percent increase” in agency operations focusing on workplaces, the paper reported. (

The businesses were not identified nor were any arrested immediately made, according to the Chronicle. But advance warning was issued three days ahead of time calling on the businesses to provide proof their employees are legally allowed to work in the country.

In January ICE agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide and made 21 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

“If you think ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement,” Homan said at the beginning of January, referring to California’s new sanctuary state status.

“They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state…if the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities then ICE will.”