California's Sanctuary Law Reckless, Dangerous, Says Sheriff's Association

California's Sanctuary Law Reckless, Dangerous, Says Sheriff's Association

Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as "unconscionable" by U.S. Atty.

Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the California Values Act, which bars police departments from detaining people based on their immigration status and prevents immigrants from being delivered to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers unless they are convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors. Ross said that while there's nothing the governor "can or should be doing" about enforcement actions that don't violate state laws, he would ensure state laws are respected.

Roughly 2.3 million undocumented immigrants live in California, the largest population in the nation, compared with other states. In a statement about California's decision, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said Friday that it "will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission".

The ICE Acting Director said his officers will be forced to go into illegal immigrant communities to arrest criminal offenders which will force additional arrests of illegal immigrants and further hurt the community.

The so-called "sanctuary state" bill counters President Trump's hard line approach on immigration enforcement. The law also prohibits law enforcement officials from complying with ICE issued immigration detainers. NPR reports the new law has strict guidelines on how local law enforcement cooperates with federal immigration authorities.

"Sanctuary cities don't want to fund a border wall to keep illegal aliens out, but they want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in", Homan said on "America's Newsroom".

"Trump and Sessions are determined to bully state and local jurisdictions into turning immigrants over to ICE even though it diverts law enforcement from protecting the public", Sharry said.

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