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29 March 2018, 02:02 | Floyd Cook
Orange County votes to challenge California's sanctuary law
Earlier this month, the city council of Los Alamitos voted to "opt out" of the law and this week, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens made a decision to put release dates of county jail inmates online to the public, which allows ICE officials to get that information without having to go directly through local law enforcement.
SB 54 had placed restrictions on local law enforcement's ability to communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the law doesn't limit information that's available to the public, the department said in a statement.
The California Values Act prevents local law enforcement officials from inquiring about people's immigration status, as well as from working with federal immigration authorities to help them detain undocumented immigrants.
ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley wrote in an email late Monday that she would not comment "beyond what the Sheriff has said".
"The provision of the [state sanctuary law] increases the likelihood of risky offenders being released back into the community", the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "It's my job to enforce state law and I will do so", Becerra said at a news conference Tuesday.
A board of supervisors voted to join Sessions' legal challenge, while also approving a resolution condemning the state's immigration approach, which Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel deemed "totally unconstitutional", according to local media reports.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has announced that her department will begin publicly releasing information about the release of undocumented immigrants from the county's jails.
"This change in policy is basically affecting everybody else who doesn't have a serious criminal history under SB-54", she said. Critics warned that Los Alamitos could be risking lawsuits by violating state law.
"We can not have all the states with different immigration laws".
"Anti-immigrant measures may still play in the tiniest parts of Orange County or the reddest parts of the state, but they will eventually founder in the new California", Arellano wrote. Independent voters stating no party allegiance account for almost a quarter of all voters, according to the Orange County Register, which cited Registrar of Voter Statistics.
A suspect in the case, 33-year-old Christopher Spotz, was killed himself during a standoff with law enforcement officials on March 22.
A spokesman for California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown said he was unlikely to react to the move.
"That's incredibly impactful on the community", he said.
The Southern California county's board of supervisors is considering joining a lawsuit against the state's so-called sanctuary law.
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