On Monday the Orange County Sheriff’s Department made public the release dates and names of jail inmates, including those in the U.S. illegally. This marks the latest local revolt against California’s illegal sanctuary laws. Undersheriff Don Barnes confirmed that this in response to the harms done to the community of Orange County because of Senate Bill 54 which became law of the land in California on January first of this year.
California Senate Bill 54 is the bill which restricts local law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE agents and Border Patrol. A law which both Barnes and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens of Orange County vocally fought against.
“We have an obligation to safeguard our community, and we will use every tool available to help hold criminals accountable,” Barnes said Monday. “Our inability to relinquish these individuals to the custody of (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) causes them to be returned to the communities which they prey upon.”
This release, which is online for all the public to see comes after multiple municipalities in Orange County have voiced opposition to SB 54 which legitimized the state’s sanctuary movement. Although most elected officials in California do support this bill, the city of Los Alamitos last week voted to exempt its city from this asinine bill.
“SB 54 makes local law enforcement’s job more difficult and requires bureaucratic processes that could allow dangerous individuals to fall through the cracks of our justice system,” Hutchens said in a statement. “My department, however, remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals from our community.”
The online release confirms that between the dates of January 1 and March 19th of this year the Sheriff’s Department released 172 inmates who are in this country illegally because state law under SB 54 prohibits them from notifying ICE. To date, it hasn’t been confirmed if any of those released have gone on to commit other crimes.
“ICE is going out and actively looking for them,” Barnes said. “It would be easier for everyone involved and safer for the community and law enforcement if they were relinquished to the custody of ICE rather than returned to the community.”
Although most of those released were arrested for domestic violence, theft, criminal threats and multiple DUIs, during that same period of time 168 other inmates with more serious convictions did meet the requirements and were turned over to immigration agents as SB 54 allows.
As of now, it’s unclear if the state of California will sue Orange County and Loa Alamitos, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they did since the California State government cares more about the future of the Democrat Party than the safety of their own people.
More on this breaking story via Fox News:
“A California sheriff’s office announced Monday that it will provide public information on when inmates are released from jail — a move coming amid a growing backlash against the liberal state’s “sanctuary” laws that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
The Orange County Register reported that the county’s sheriff’s department will publish a “Who’s in Jail” online database, including the date and time of inmates’ release, to help cooperate with other law enforcement agencies including Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
Undersheriff Don Barnes cited California’s sanctuary legislation, which limits the instances when state and local police agencies can inform federal authorities about an illegal immigrant’s release from detention, specifically as a reason for the move.
“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),” Barnes said, according to the Register.
Annie Lai, co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine, noted that SB-45 does allow authorities to notify federal agencies of the release dates of illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes.
“This change in policy is basically affecting everybody else who doesn’t have a serious criminal history under SB-54,” she said.
The move by Orange County comes as more local authorities in California are looking at ways to reject the state’s controversial sanctuary policies passed in January, aspects of which are being challenged by a lawsuit from the Department of Justice.
MORE CALIFORNIA CITIES LOOKING TO REJECT STATE’S SANCTUARY LAW
Members of the Los Alamitos Council voted this month to opt out of the sanctuary law, noting that it “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution.”
That has in turn inspired officials in other parts of the states, including Orange County, Aliso Viejo and Buena Park, to consider doing the same.
California’s immigration debate was put in the national spotlight last month when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted out a warning about an imminent ICE raid in northern California.
While over 200 illegal immigrants were caught in the raid, ICE officials said hundreds more — including serious criminals — evaded capture because of Schaaf’s warning. But Schaaf has defended her decision, and was supported by a number of state Democrats.”