As many of you can recall last night we reported about how the Orange County Sheriff’s Department made public the release dates and names of jail inmates, including those in the U.S. illegally. This marked the latest local revolt against California’s illegal sanctuary laws.
Under-sheriff Don Barnes confirmed this is in response to the harm 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.
This name 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.
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.
But today things took a turn for the ridiculous, even for the state of California.
That’s right folks, in response to the Sheriff of Orange County California protecting law-abiding American Citizens and legal Residents the California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra has now threatened to have the Sheriff arrested for complying with Federal Law and helping ICE agents arrest illegals in Orange County.
When Becerra was asked if he would arrest Undersheriff Barnes he said it was his job to enforce the laws of California. And that he wants to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understand what state law requires of the people of the state of California.
Via The Gateway Pundit:
‘Attorney General Xavier Becerra: State law is state law. And it is my job to enforce state law. I will do so. And we want to make sure that every jurisdiction including Orange County, understand what state law requires of the people and the sub divisions of the state of California.
Reporter: Does that mean a lawsuit of the sheriff’s department or the arrest of the sheriff?
Xavier Becerra: I think I just answered that.’
More on this story from The Orange County Register:
‘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.
The release date information applies to all inmates, not just those who are suspected of being in the country illegally. But the goal is to assist agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
“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 officials did not confer with ICE before making the change, he said.
ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley wrote in an email late Monday that she would not comment “beyond what the Sheriff has said.”
The new state law, dubbed the California Values Act, has recently seen a backlash from some Orange County communities. The City Council in Los Alamitos voted last week on an ordinance to exempt the city in northern Orange County from the state law.
A few other Orange County cities are considering resolutions and other moves to voice their opposition to the law. The Yorba Linda City Council, for example, agreed to file an amicus brief to a lawsuit filed by the Trump administration against California and immigration-related laws the federal government alleges are unconstitutional. And on Tuesday, March 27, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a range of possible actions: from a resolution to pursuing litigation against the state.
Annie Lai, co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine, said the sheriff’s new policy is part of a movement in Orange County “to either undermine or get around the spirit of SB-54.”
The California Values Act already allows communication between local and federal agencies about release dates of those convicted of enumerated crimes who may be eligible for deportation, Lai noted.
“This change in policy is basically affecting everybody else who doesn’t have a serious criminal history under SB-54,” she said. Sheriff’s deputies, however, will still not be able to assist in an actual transfer to ICE agents under state law.
The release information, via a long list of names in alphabetical order, is now available for anyone to view at oscd.org.’