Despite California Governor Jerry Brown signing the sanctuary bill into law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan, on Friday, said raids and arrests of illegal immigrants will continue in California.

In a statement, Homan said Governor Brown's decision to sign bill SB54 into law, was 'misguided' and posed a huge threat to public safety. According to reports by Fox News, the statement added that the new law would greatly undermine the ability of ICE to carry out its constitutional mandate.

Operational changes

For ICE to be able to work around the California sanctuary law, Homan observed that raids and arrests would now have to take place at workplaces and in neighborhoods known to be popular with illegal immigrants.

This, the Director added, would most probably lead to other 'collateral arrests' in the process.

After arrest, illegal immigrants would also have to be detained in facilities outside California. In the past, ICE was able to make arrests in prisons and jails around the State, but the sanctuary law prohibits the practice.

The decision that made California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens has now left ICE 'no choice' but to conduct larger raids that would happen more often, and would target the general population, according to Homan's statement.

The hardest hit area, according to the Acting Director, was the cooperation that ICE had enjoyed in the past with local law enforcement, which the new law now prohibits.

Homan said it was a huge blow in the war against illegal immigrants and criminals.

The sanctuary law

The new law which was enacted on Thursday, and takes effect from Jan 1st, prevents law enforcement officers from any state, inquiring about a person's immigration status.

State and local enforcement officers are also prohibited, in the new State law, from detaining a person arrested in California by ICE, for a total of 48 hours, to enable the immigration agency to facilitate a transfer to a federal facility for the arrested person.

In a statement after signing the bill into law, Governor Brown defended the legislation and said the aim was to prevent ICE from making 'unconstitutional' requests to local authorities to detain persons arrested by the agency.

The Governor added that local law enforcement would no longer be 'commandeered' to do the work of immigration agents. Brown also clarified, according to Fox News, that ICE had not been barred from working in California.