Mercury News: Californians Are Pushing Back On Sanctuary Laws

Leaders like Jerry Brown, Xavier Becerra and Kevin de Leon have taken for granted that Californians will meekly submit to their rules. They, and the nation, are finding out that they have overstepped their bounds with the SB 54, the Sanctuary State law.

From Mercury News:

At the bill’s signing last fall, state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored the legislation and is running for the U.S. Senate this year, said, “California’s local law enforcement cannot be commandeered and used by the Trump administration to tear families apart, undermine our safety and wreak havoc on our economy.”

But a recent survey conducted by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley found that the state’s conflicting views on the issue endure: Nearly 2 in 3 respondents supported the principles of the sanctuary-state law, agreeing that local school, law enforcement and medical officials should limit contact with federal authorities. But 59 percent of all respondents also advocated an increase in deportations.

Under the law, county corrections officers can fulfill an ICE request for an undocumented inmate’s release date for two reasons: If the inmate has been convicted in the past 15 years of one of 31 serious crimes, or if probable cause has been found to support a pending charge for one of those crimes.

David Marin, director of the ICE field office in Los Angeles, said county corrections officers often err on the side of caution and deny ICE requests if there is uncertainty around the inmate’s legal status. Getting it wrong could mean a civil suit.

ICE agents, whom the law prohibits from having office space in county jails, may send corrections officers requests to speak to specific undocumented inmates. Once a request is received, corrections officers must deliver it to the inmate, who has a right to decline to speak to the ICE agent. Marin said inmates decline interviews “at least 95 percent of the time.”

“I know California politicians say they want to protect everyone with this law,” Marin said. “But what they are really doing is protecting the criminal alien.”

Exactly. What they are really doing is protecting the criminal alien.

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