The Orange County Sheriff’s office is fighting back against the state’s “unconstitutional” Sanctuary City law; posting the release date of public prisoners to assist ICE agents in locating and arresting illegal immigrants wanted for deportation.
According to the Orange County Register, the Sheriff’s office updated its “Who’s in Jail” online database Monday, publishing the list of inmates and their scheduled release date and effectively allowing federal immigration agents to apprehend the individuals immediately after leaving the county prison.
“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.
The Sheriff’s decision comes hours before the County Supervisors vote on whether to officially reject the state’s ‘California Values Act,’ which directly limits local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal agents in cracking down on illegal immigration.
SANCTUARY STRUGGLE: Residents FLEE California in RECORD NUMBERS over Taxes, Crime
Hard-working Californians have had enough of their state’s liberal policies and ‘Sanctuary City’ laws; with record numbers of people fleeing the west coast as taxes, crime, and homelessness soar.
According to CNBC, more Californians are relocating out of the state than are moving in, particularly among middle-class residents abandoning the Golden State and finding refuge in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.
“There’s nowhere in the United States that you can find better weather than here,” said one resident in San Luis Obispo, California. “Rents here are crazy, if you can find a place, and they’re going to tax us to death. That’s what it feels like. At least in Nevada they don’t have a state income tax. And every little bit helps.”
New economic data from the US Census Bureau shows “lower income Californians are the ones who are leaving, not higher income,” as a housing crunch spurs high rents and increased homelessness throughout the state.
A recent report from the Los Angeles Times estimated the city’s homeless population to be a record-setting 60,000 people.
“There’s an unavoidable, often unspoken, fear that the city around us may be in a state of irreversible decline, and a suspicion on the part of some that the rights of homeless people have trumped the rights of everyone else,” writes the Times.
SANCTUARY STRUGGLE: Orange County to REBUKE California’s ‘Illegal’ Immigration Laws
Just days after the small southern California city of Los Alamitos voted to officially reject the state’s ‘Sanctuary City’ policies, other towns in Orange County are joining the movement; urging the county supervisors to strike down the Golden State’s “unconstitutional” immigration laws.
The Orange County Supervisors will hold public debates Tuesday; weighing whether the county should be the first in the state to take legal action against California’s guidelines that limit local law enforcement’s interaction with federal immigration agents.
“These state laws are preempted by federal law,” Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. “Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and it’s contrary to federal law.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, other cities are also considering a vote on the state’s immigration policies, including Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Mission Viejo.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County and we need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County,” said another Orange County Supervisor. “And that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”