Orange County joins DoJ lawsuit against California's 'sanctuary' law

Orange County votes to challenge California's sanctuary law

SB 54 is the official title of what is commonly called the sanctuary state law that the heavily Democratic state passed late previous year to bar local law enforcement from supporting Republican President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants with money, facilities, and access to people held in custody.

The sheriff's department used to screen inmates in the county's jails to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents identify those subject to deportation but had to stop when the state law passed.

"Other times, I feel like I'm on a different planet, not just another county", he said. The board on Tuesday also approved that resolution.

Supervisor Michelle Steel, who introduced the resolution, delivered a statement explaining the measure.

The county's move comes after the Los Alamitos City Council March 19 passed an ordinance in an attempt to exempt the city from state sanctuary law from SB 54.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking to throw out this law". Trump's justice department has since sued the state over its three laws - Senate Bill 54 or the "California Values Act", Assembly Bill 450 or the "Workplace Raid" law and Assembly Bill 103 or the "Detention Review" law - arguing that they are unconstitutional. He added "this flow of illegals" has "brought down our quality of education", as well as healthcare and housing.

"To let somebody out, to get access to weapons, access to their homeboys or homegirls, access to whatever", Spitzer said, immediately drawing boos from some people.

"This legislation prevents law enforcement from removing criminals from our community and is a threat to public safety", said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who has proposed joining the lawsuit by President Donald Trump's administration or filing a new one.

"Those are very, very scary moments", Spitzer said.

When some in the audience jeered him, Spitzer said, "You can boo me all you want, but you haven't worked the streets the way I have".

Barnes (pictured above) said sheriffs considered challenging the law in court but chose to defer to the federal government.

As of Monday 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, the Orange County Register reported.

A spokesman for the governor's office said it was unlikely Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and mayors of the largest cities in the state to resist stepped-up efforts to deport people in the country illegally and to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall along the USA border with Mexico. Kevin de Leon, who is now running for U.S. Senate, responded with a statement chastising the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

"The county that gave us Prop 187 more than two decades ago is at it again with another unconstitutional attack on our immigrant communities".

"This kind of obsessive immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and its residents, and seems created to court the approval of a racist president and his cronies", de Leon said.

The move highlights longstanding divisions over immigration in California.

"That is the challenge that we are all facing in California", he said. "I'm not a racist".

"Now, the fact that you've been here, 20, 30 years, take it as gratitude and grace and do the right thing: self-deport", Peters said.

She also said supervisors should think about what side of history they will fall on. "If talking to another law enforcement agency puts them at risk of violating the law, that's just not right".

"The Justice Department welcomes Orange County's decision to support our lawsuit against California's so-called "sanctuary state" policies".

"This action will enhance communication between the Sheriff's Department and our law enforcement partners to remove risky offenders from our community", the department said in a statement Tuesday, openly challenging California State Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act, which restricts police communication with federal immigration authorities.


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