(National Sentinel) Law Enforcement: The Trump administration is planning to send hundreds of immigration agents to California as part of a massive operation to locate and deport people in the country illegally.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the “massive sweep” is intended to send a message to the state and other “sanctuary cities” that the administration is serious about enforcing federal immigration laws.

“U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation,” the paper reported.

“The campaign, centered in the Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump, said the source, who requested anonymity because the plans have not been made public,” the paper added.

Democrat-dominated California passed “sanctuary state” legislation last fall, which forbids state and local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Gov. Jerry Brown signed it and it took effect Jan. 1.

Federal immigration officials including ICE Director Thomas Homan criticized the law and called a dangerous precedent for other states.

He has also called on the Justice Department to look into ways it could hold officials of sanctuary jurisdictions criminally liable. On Tuesday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson confirmed during a Senate hearing that her agency had indeed been in contact with federal prosecutors to see what legal actions could be taken against local officials who implement and uphold sanctuary laws.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Nielsen revealed to Senate Judiciary Committee members.

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