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California Sheriffs: Sanctuary Law Ties Law Enforcement's Hands

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By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 09:18 AM

Sheriffs in California are saying that the sanctuary law passed over the weekend in that state will reduce the effectiveness of law enforcement when it comes to illegal immigrants.

"It's a hazardous law for Californians and people sworn to protect and serve Californians and we would like to see it changed," Bill Brown, California State Sheriffs Association president, told the Washington Free Beacon.

"I hope next year we can be catalysts for some type of legislative fix," Brown added, thanking Gov. Jerry Brown for modifications to the bill because of law enforcement's concerns.

The governor stepped in to make sure that the law did not prevent local authorities from notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about convicted criminals, the report said.

The bill passed along straight party lines, with Democrats being in control of the state legislature. Michael Durant, Peace Officers Research Association of California president, predicted that an "incident" involving a criminal illegal immigrant would happen eventually.

"I do believe those who voted for this law are making California less safe, and at some point, there is going to be an incident that is going to backfire on the legislature when one of these criminal aliens is released," said Durant in the Free Beacon.

The new California law would limit what information state and local law enforcement can give to federal immigration authorities. It also prevents officers from questioning and detaining individuals strictly for immigration-only reasons, the Free Beacon reported.

The law is necessary to keep immigrant families from being separated from each other after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is ended, said state Sen. Kevin de Leon and other Democratic leaders in the Free Beacon.

Brown said the threshold for notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is too high, especially with regards to drunk driving.

"Under the law as it stands now, we will be barred from notifying ICE unless an illegal immigrant arrested for drunk driving is charged with committing a felony—meaning they already killed or injured someone, or they have been convicted for drunken driving four times in a 10-year period," the sheriff said in the Free Beacon.

The law also prohibits police from notifying ICE if an admitted gang member of MS-13 or other gangs if they are arrested for misdemeanors. One rule says that police cannot call ICE if thieves steal $950 in property or less.

"They can steal as many times as they would like, as long as what they steal is below $950 each time, and we would be precluded from calling ICE," Brown said in the Free Beacon.

ICE also criticized the law in a tweet posted Saturday:

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