Leaders in Orange County, California, have voted to join a USA government lawsuit against the state over its so-called sanctuary law for immigrants living in the US illegally.
"'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".
Supporters argue that the measure would encourage immigrants to report crime without fearing deportation, while critics say local police should provide more assistance to federal authorities.
The Trump administration has made a priority of cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities - jurisdictions that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials.
State Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the state's law, called the decision a "pretty sad use of taxpayer resources".
Last Monday, the city council of Los Alamitos, Calif., an Orange County city of fewer than 12,000 residents, voted to exempt itself from the state's sanctuary law.
Orange County, home to 3.2 million people, including hundreds of thousands of immigrants, has seen its decades-long reputation as a conservative GOP base erode in recent years. "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.
But the information will be available for anyone released, "whether their sentence was served or charges were dropped", Carrie Braun, a department spokeswoman, told The Post.
She also said people should self-deport.
But on Tuesday its all-Republican Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to join the federal lawsuit filed earlier this month against SB 54 and two other pro-immigrant state laws.
The meeting produced a raucous debate between those who say the moves uphold the rule of law and draw a line on illegal immigration and others who said it was racist and more about politics than public safety. "This provision of the law increases the likelihood of risky offenders being released back into the community".
"That's incredibly impactful on the community", he said.
". From a legal standpoint, what we are choosing to do, with asking our county counsel to intervene the litigation, is not to go rogue, but to get in front of the court", Nelson said.
But that isn't the only act of state-based #Counter-resistance that has occurred. It was created to help protect undocumented residents from deportation and signed into law by Gov.
"I can sit here and tell you countless stories ... about immigrants. and stats and how immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than citizens", Anderson said.
The Democratic-leaning city sued the United States government in February, after the Justice Department sent it a letter demanding it hand over documents to prove it was complying with a federal law that requires municipalities to share information with immigration officials about inmates housed in local jails.
ICE, which has been critical of SB 54, said the sheriff's department's new policy is encouraging, agency deputy director Tom Homan said in a statement.