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Economist and actor Ben Stein said California is flirting with "civil war" against the rest of the United States over its refusal to enforce federal immigration policies.

Stein reacted to comments Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan made on "Your World" earlier in the week, in which Homan said citizens will die and Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) is likely violating federal law by enacting a "sanctuary state" policy.

"I think that this is essentially a rebellion by the state of California," Stein said.

He said California's posture looks "very much like the beginning of a civil war," invoking the actions of April 12, 1861 when the Confederate military fired upon the Union installment at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Stein said he believes the "civil war," if there is one, will be one fought in the courts rather than on the battlefield.

Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino said Brown's actions are "almost like [former Alabama Gov.] George Wallace (D) standing in front of the door of the school."

On June 11, 1963, Wallace stood in the doorway of an auditorium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to prevent two black students from entering.

The actions prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the National Guard, per executive order 11111.

Gen. Henry Graham was dispatched to the university and confronted Wallace, who eventually stepped aside.

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