Sheriff’s Association Weighs in Against CA Sanctuary State Laws
A law enforcement organization whose members include every county sheriff in California and across the nation threw its support Friday behind the Trump administration’s challenge to the state’s sanctuary laws, telling a federal judge that the laws interfere with immigration enforcement and could even subject local officers to criminal charges.
California “compels local law enforcement to violate federal law by concealing, harboring, or shielding illegal aliens,” the National Sheriffs’ Association said in a filing in federal court in Sacramento, where the Trump administration sued in March to overturn three new state laws that restrict local cooperation with federal immigration agents.
By concealing an immigrant’s whereabouts from federal agents, and preventing them from taking custody, “SB54 coerces local law enforcement to violate the federal anti-harboring statute,” the sheriffs’ association said.
The association also said the state law was “intended to frustrate federal enforcement of immigration law” and conflicted with government statutes promoting “federal-state cooperation” on immigration. And by enacting “its own policy preferences about which foreign nationals should stay within the nation’s borders,” the sheriffs’ group said, California is interfering with the federal government’s “exclusive authority over foreign affairs.”
In its suit, the Trump administration is also challenging state laws that prohibit local employers from allowing immigration agents into private workplaces without a judicial warrant, and that allow the state attorney general to inspect detention centers that have contracted with the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting possible deportation.
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