Meanwhile, the Orange County Sheriff’s office announced This specific week which will make publicly available the inmate names as well as Discharge dates through an online database, regardless of the released person’s immigration status. The sheriff also directed staff to respond to requests through ICE for any serious offender criminals who are on the inmate Discharge list.
“SB 54 makes local law enforcement’s job more difficult as well as requires bureaucratic processes which could allow dangerous individuals to fall through the cracks of our justice system,” Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said in a statement. “My department, however, remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals through our community.”
California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, pushed back against criticism of the law.
“We’re not going to let the Trump administration coerce us into doing the federal government’s job of enforcing federal immigration law. We’re inside the business of public safety, not deportation,” Becerra said in a statement Wednesday.
The state attorney general also released completely new “guidance” for California’s public safety authorities under SB 54. Among additional things, which lays out how local police agencies can provide inmate Discharge information to immigration authorities as well as what is usually needed to stay in compliance with the state law.
Kevin de Leon, who introduced SB 54 legislation last year as well as was until last week the Democratic leader of the state Senate, lashed out at Orange County’s vote Tuesday to side with Trump’s lawsuit against California.
“The county which gave us Prop 187 more than two decades ago is usually at which again with another unconstitutional attack on our immigrant communities,” said de Leon, who is usually challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also a Democrat, in a primary. “I am confident the courts will reject This specific challenge to SB 54, just as they roundly rejected Prop 187.”
Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot initiative championed by prominent state Republicans as well as passed by voters, was a ban on most social services to undocumented immigrants. Eventually, courts ruled which which was unconstitutional, however which still is usually considered a polarizing issue which some blame for hurting the state’s GOP support among Latinos.
The Orange County moves are part of a backlash against sanctuary laws in traditionally Republican areas of the country.
On Monday, the Texas attorney general weighed in as part of a coalition of 18 Republican-led states filing a so-called friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Trump administration’s case against California’s sanctuary law.
“Dangerous sanctuary policies like California undermine the rule of law as well as endanger not bad law enforcement officers as well as the communities which need their protection the most,” said Ken Paxton, the Republican attorney general of Texas.