Trump 'stands in solidarity' with Orange County on California sanctuary law

by Garry Watts March 29, 2018, 1:18
Trump 'stands in solidarity' with Orange County on California sanctuary law

A large crowd at the meeting split for and against the board of supervisor's move to challenge California's sanctuary state status.

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.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 in closed session Tuesday to join the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against California's sanctuary laws. Following the Trump Administration's suit over the law, Orange County agencies have begun taking various measures opposing SB 54 as well.

California officials have responded that their sanctuary policies increase public safety by promoting trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. But the county went blue in the last presidential election for the first time in decades.

The Justice Department sued California in March over three state laws, including one that requires the state to review detention facilities where immigrants are held and another that limits the ability of state and local law enforcement officials to turn people over to immigration authorities.

Last week, the city council of Los Alamitos voted to defy the "sanctuary state" laws and to join the federal government's lawsuit. Justice Anthony Kennedy said Arizona may have "understandable frustrations" with immigrants who are in the country illegally, but added that it can't pursue policies that "undermine federal law".

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De Leon said the "efforts to portray hardworking immigrants as criminals are a repulsive, black stain on California's history". Immigrant advocates rallied outside Tuesday's meeting, some holding signs with slogans such as "Melt ICE", a reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that enforces immigration laws. "Will you be able to do the same?" And the state's law sends mixed messages to law enforcement, he argued.

Comparing the incident to an oft-used refrain by immigrant rights advocates who complain that deportations separate immigrant families, Robinson told the board: "Kate's family is forever separated from her".

"This action will enhance communication between the Sheriff's Department and our law enforcement partners to remove risky offenders from our community", the department said in a statement Tuesday, openly challenging California State Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act, which restricts police communication with federal immigration authorities. "Our constitutional republic depends on following the rule of law". Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Tom Homan welcomed the move and said the agency continues to seek to cooperate with local law enforcement who want to assist.

Spitzer, a former prosecutor who now is running for District Attorney, said it's too unsafe to law enforcement to let people out of jail while another law agency is looking to arrest them.

During an interview on Fox News, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens detailed how her Department will work with make the community safer.

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel proposed a resolution passed on Tuesday condemning the state law, which she called "totally unconstitutional".

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