Kirsters Baish| The state of California is under fire for their “unconstitutional” Sanctuary City law. The Orange County Sheriff’s office has decided to wage war on the state by posting the release date of public prisoners to help ICE agents to find and arrest any illegal immigrants who are currently wanted for deportation. I can already hear the complaints from the left now. Every illegal immigrant that gets deported back to Mexico is likely one lost vote for the Democratic Party.
The Orange County Register reported that the Sheriff’s office posted in their “Who’s in Jail” online database on Monday. They released to the public a list of all inmates along with their scheduled release dates. This will aid federal immigration agents to take those suspects into custody as soon as possible after they have left the prison grounds.
Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes explained, “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).”
Co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine, Annie Lai, explained that SB-45 lets authorities tell the release dates of illegal immigrants who were convicted of serious crimes to federal agencies. She stated, “This change in policy is basically affecting everybody else who doesn’t have a serious criminal history under SB-54.”
This move from the Orange County Sheriff’s office comes as the amount of California authorities looking to stop the sanctuary city policies continues to grow.
Fox News reported:
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.
The decision was announced just a few hours before the County Supervisors were set to vote on whether or not they would officially reject the state of California’s “California Values Act.” This act forcibly limits local law enforcement’s authority to work alongside federal agents in order to stop illegal immigration. According to npr.org, “the California Values Act would forbid state and local lawenforcement agencies from providing information to or acting as the deputies for federal immigration authorities. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.”