Orange County Sheriff Joins #Resistance Against Sanctuary State

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss a number of items related Sanctuary State laws and whether they’ll be enforced in the county at today’s meeting, but Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has already stepped up the #resistance started by Los Alamitos a few weeks ago.

One provision of SB 54 forbids local law enforcement from sharing inmate information, including home address and release date, with federal officials unless that information is publicly available (or with a warrant signed by a federal judge). So, Sheriff Hutchens is simply posting release dates of all inmates, regardless of immigration status (because we’re not supposed to be influenced by immigration status, right? Equality!), online.

From the LA Times:

“We have an obligation to safeguard our community and we will use every tool available to help hold criminals accountable,” said Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes. “Our inability to relinquish these individuals to the custody of ICE causes them to be returned to the communities which they prey upon.”

From Jan. 1 to March 19, the agency released 172 inmates in the country illegally into the community because state law prohibited authorities from notifying ICE, said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department. It’s unclear if any of those people — whose convictions include domestic violence, theft, driving under the influence and criminal threats — have recidivated.

Thank you, Sheriff!