Officials in California’s Orange County have voted to fight the state’s “sanctuary city” laws and join in on President Trump’s lawsuit against California’s decision to protect illegal aliens and block the efforts of ICE.
This comes on the heels of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s announcement that it will provide public information on when inmates are released from jail.
Fox News reports that the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to join the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit, which argued three recent California laws deliberately interfered with federal immigration policies.
One of the laws bars police in many cases from turning over suspects to federal immigration agents for deportation.
“This legislation prevents law enforcement from removing criminals from our community and is a threat to public safety,” Supervisor Shawn Nelson said before the vote.
The county moved earlier this week to improve communication with federal immigration agents by publishing the release dates of inmates online. The sheriff’s department used to screen inmates in the county’s jails to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents identify those subject to deportation but had to stop after the state law passed.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, whose leadership opposes the new California sanctuary law that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials, announced Monday that it is now providing public information on when inmates are released from custody.
As of Monday, March 26, an existing “Who’s in Jail” online database includes the date and time of inmates’ release – a move agency officials say will enhance communication with its law enforcement partners.
“This is in response to SB-54 limiting our ability to communicate with federal authorities and our concern that criminals are being released to the street when there’s another avenue to safeguard the community by handing them over (to ICE for potential deportation),” Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said.
Orange County and the cities of Aliso Viejo and Buena Park to consider adopting similar measures against California’s sanctuary law due to Los Alamitos making a stand against Jerry Brown and his band of lunatics.
“Los Alamitos new ordinance claims the new state law placed by Jerry Brown in January, is in direct conflict with the Federal Law and the Constitution. Therefore, the council finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, unless we opt out of the law that violates Federal law and the Constitution.” RWT
Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra would not rule out taking action of his own against officials who fight the laws, including the sheriff, FOX News reports.
“State law is state law. It’s my job to enforce state law and I will do so. We want to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understands what state law requires of the people and the subdivisions of the state of California,” Becerra said at a news conference. When asked if that meant an arrest or lawsuit against the sheriff, Becerra responded, “I think I just answered that.”
Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes told Fox News in an interview that Becerra’s comments “were threatening,” but the sheriff’s office was not doing anything that the law did not allow.
“My hope would be that he would read the language of the law that was passed,” he said on “Hannity.” “It very clearly says in there what we can and cannot do.”
Barnes added that the law has put Californians at risk by returning dangerous individuals back into the communities and that by making this information public, the sheriff’s office was trying to help the community be safer.
“They’re very serious crimes and they’re being return back into the community, and quite honestly back into the communities in which they preyed upon and committed their crimes to begin with.”
That’s great news! Let’s hope that more departments do the same!