Orange County Joins Suit Over California's Sanctuary State Law

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Orange County votes to challenge California's sanctuary law

"California's Sanctuary laws.release known unsafe criminals into communities across the State", he added.

The release date information applies to all inmates, not just those who are suspected of being in the country illegally. "Our constitutional republic depends on following the rule of law".

Earlier in March, Los Alamitos - a Southern California city in Orange County - voted to opt out of California's sanctuary state laws, the Orange County Register reported. "I will be able to look in my children ... and tell them we were on the right side of history".

But Orange County, a rare Republican area amid a wave of blue, has been pushing back against the sanctuary law from within the state. You can all help me by just cooperating. Most notably, the City Council in Los Alamitos voted last week on an ordinance to exempt the city from state law over concerns that it is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a lawsuit challenging California's sanctuary state legislation.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and legal experts have argued that California's laws are different from Arizona's.

He said the "flow of illegals" had "brought down our quality of education", as well as health care and housing, complaining that millions came to claim benefits in the United States. That means all of the laws, including the Values Act. It's a public safety issue to me, it's not about immigration at all. On Fox News, Edgar said the state's new laws are in conflict with his "oath of office" to "defend the Constitution". Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) from the left, has accused cities opposed to the law of pushing a "racist" agenda. So far it has raised $4,125 in four days.

In addition to the sheriff's department and Los Alamitos, other Orange County agencies are taking stands against SB 54 or considering do so.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens can't give information about inmate's release dates directly to ICE because of a state "sanctuary" law, so she says she'll give it to the public instead.

The board's vote on Tuesday was heavily criticized by immigrant advocates.

Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC reporter who covers south Orange County and Fullerton.

Another Orange County city, Buena Park, might also join that movement.

Nelson said he's unsure how the rest of the supervisors on the board will respond to his proposal but says the response he's received to his idea from voters has been "overwhelmingly positive" from people of "all ethnicities". The front-line impact of that, he said, is that when law enforcement officers charge someone with possession of heroin or a commercial burglary, they must release him and not book him in to the jail.

"The Sheriff's Department announced yesterday ... the Sheriff's Department is going to start putting every single in custody on the website", he said. "When local law enforcement is enforcing these federal immigration policies, it actually makes the communities less safe because immigrants are more reticent to talk to the police", Rotcher said. "But don't put it past the state of California to try to close down that loophole".

SB 54 is the official title of what is commonly called the sanctuary state law that the heavily Democratic state passed late past 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.

Numerous sheriff departments across the state negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2017.

"That's incredibly impactful on the community", he said.

Many of those gathered for the board meeting praised the elected leaders and urged them to proceed against California's laws. Jail officials are only allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.

Hutchens has been an outspoken critic of SB 54, which she said "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". As many as 2,000 residents, most from Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach, protested a plan to move to their cities homeless people who previously lived in a tent city by the Santa Ana River.

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