Brown Signs Sanctuary State Bill. Trump Team Reacts.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday designating California a ‘sanctuary state.’ For more on what that entails, read our previous article about SB 54 here.
Infuriated, Trump administration officials wasted no time reacting to the recent actions by their most maligned state.
“Ultimately, SB 54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” said Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The legislation threatens public safety, he added, and will leave the federal government with no choice but to conduct more large-scale arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites.
Trump officials weren’t the only ones speaking out in opposition to Brown’s signing of the bill. California State Sheriffs’ Association President Bill Brown called the new law “problematic.” Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said it would hinder open communication among law enforcement. Her county has a unique relationship with immigration officials as the state’s only participant in the 287(g) partnership initiative with ICE.
The reaction from Jim McDonnell, head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, was far more temperate if nto lauditory.
“While not perfect, SB 54 kept intact our ability to maintain partnerships with federal law enforcement officials who help us in the fight against gangs, drugs and human trafficking,” said the L.A. Sheriff in a statement. “It also retains the controlled access that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has to our jails.”