NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – As expected, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended on 77 businesses in Northern California, less than a month after federal immigration officials raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide. The agents conducted another sweep this week in the Golden State after much bantering by liberal California politicians appalled at the idea of enforcing federal immigration laws.

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

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

Unlike the 7-Eleven raids in January, which resulted in 21 arrests, ICE didn’t identify the businesses hit this week, nor did the agency make any immediate arrests, the paper reported.

However, federal immigration officials issued notices of inspection, and ordered the businesses to provide proof their employees are legally allowed to work in the U.S. They have three days to comply, according to the Chronicle.

Democratic lawmakers and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had been on edge since a report last month that federal officials were planning such a raid at local workplaces.

“We will, as always, work with our federal partners in every respect to go after drug dealers, human traffickers, potential terrorists,” Becerra said in January. “We’re not in the business of deportation. We’re in the business of public safety.”

Nevertheless, these words are meaningless when their policies not only undermine federal immigration law, but encourage law violators to nest in jurisdictions promoting refuge.