Sheriffs Slam ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill
A group of county sheriffs are speaking out in opposition to a state senate bill that would bar state and local law enforcement from using resources to aid U.S. immigration officials. The lawmen, who joined Republican legislators at a press conference Monday, are worried that the bill would jeopardize federal funding for their departments and allow undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes to go free.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones was one of those in attendance.
"If SB 54 passes, it will allow dangerous, violent career criminals to slip through the cracks and be released back into our communities," he said.
SB 54 was introduced by State Senate President Kevin De Leon. Both the Sheriffs’ Association and the California Peace Officers Association have publicly opposed the bill, while the California Police Chiefs Association has yet to take a position.
Read more about the press conference here.