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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.

 The filing singled out provisions of one law, SB54, that prohibit local jail officials who are holding an undocumented immigrant in custody from notifying federal agents of the immigrant’s release date, or from transferring custody to immigration agents once the local sentence has been served. Those restrictions do not apply to immigrants held for serious or violent crimes.

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.

More at SFGATE

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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  1. Nowhere to hide…Give the Commies a deal. Give up now, lay down your “weapons” (leave public office forever), go home to your families and live the rest of your miserable unworthy lives free (to seek God’s mercy). OR, prepare yourselves for the darkest future you could possibly imagine.

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