The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to buck California's political leaders and join a federal lawsuit against that state's sanctuary law. "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".
Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach praised the outcome of Orange County's preliminary vote, calling on other parts of California to oppose the "flow of the illegals".
"SB 54 makes local law enforcement's job more hard and requires bureaucratic processes that could allow unsafe individuals to fall through the cracks of our justice system", said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, adding that the new policy applies to all inmates and therefore does not violate California's sanctuary laws.
The law, known as the California Values Act, prohibits law enforcement officers from asking suspects about their immigration status and sharply limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
The move comes after California passed a law limiting local police collaboration with deportation agents. "You may intellectually be incapable of understanding that, but it is factually true", Supervisor Shawn Nelson told the crowd during Tuesday's board meeting, drawing boos and groans from the audience.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking to throw out this law". On Fox News, Edgar said the state's new laws are in conflict with his "oath of office" to "defend the Constitution". Independent voters stating no party allegiance account for almost a quarter of all voters, according to the Orange County Register, which cited Registrar of Voter Statistics. SB54 came into effect on January 1, following intense criticism from the Trump administration over sanctuary policies shielding immigrants from increased risk of detention by ICE.
The bill includes provisions to lift restrictions on coordinating with ICE if law enforcement encounters major criminals, like violent offenders or drug traffickers. Jerry Brown to allow some communication for criminals who commit felonies and other serious crimes.
Barnes said the new rule will safeguard the community.
The states also said California's laws could harm them by making it easier for immigrants who have committed crimes to go to other states.
"SB 54 makes local law enforcement's job more hard and requires bureaucratic processes that could allow risky individuals to fall through the cracks of our justice system", she said in a statement.
The Justice Department has tried to block cities with sanctuary policies from receiving federal grant funding, leading to legal battles across the country.