Bay Area cities are preparing for a fight against increased immigration enforcement ordered by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Hundreds of people rallied in Martinez and San Francisco calling for the protection of immigrants' rights.
About an hour after President Donald Trump signed the executive orders, about 100 people protested in front of San Francisco's City Hall.
"I have a message for the bully in chief. We will fight you in the streets, we will fight you in the courts, we will fight you in our workplace, we will fight you on legislative floors, we will fight you in our churches, we will fight you in our neighborhoods, we will fight you in our union halls. You better be ready for a fight because we are protecting our sanctuary city and our immigrant communities by any means necessary," said San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen.
Saira Hussain, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, said that the president is going to have a legal battle on his hands.
"These immigration holds are not backed by a judicial authorization," she said. "They violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, and soon after we passed that law, federal courts found immigration holds to be unconstitutional."
Other advocates argued that Trump's policies make the country less secure because they cause a rift between law enforcement and local communities.