California Becomes A “Sanctuary State”

On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act. The “sanctuary state” law aims to protect California’s 2.3 million undocumented citizens from federal immigration authorities (ICE).
sanctuary state
Currently local authorities may release inmate information, including citizenship status, to federal immigration authorities. When the law becomes effective on January 1st, 2018, ICE will no longer be notified when undocumented immigrants are released from jail.

When Does The Sanctuary State Law Start?

The sanctuary state law is set to go into effect on January 1, 2018. If the Trump administration, which opposes the law, challenges the law in federal court, the start date of the law could be delayed until the conclusion of court proceedings.
sanctuary state

What Changes?

The California Values Act does not prevent ICE from looking for people without documentation or executing search warrants for non-citizens. The law does ban state and local agencies, excluding the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, from enforcing “holds” on people in prison custody.

The act blocks the deputization of police as immigration agents and bars state and local law enforcement agencies from asking about immigration status. It also prohibits new or expanded contracts with federal agencies to use California law enforcement facilities as detention centers.
sanctuary state

California Responds To Trump Administration

State and local governments are locked in a battle with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Sessions’ move to slash federal grant funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” A number of California cities have become sanctuary cities or cut ties with immigration authorities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Proponents of the law argue that it makes immigrant communities safer by encouraging trust, cooperation and communication between immigrants and local authorities. Research has shown sanctuary cities have lower crime rates and that immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens.

The Trump administration has tried to draw a link between undocumented immigrants and increases in violent crimes.
sanctuary state

Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown, president of the California State Sheriff’s Association, opposed the California Values Act. Brown says people will be victimized as a result of the new law.

Contact Us

(805) 962-5103

Sanctuary State Bill Considered By California Legislature

sanctuary state

The California legislature is currently considering a bill that would make California a sanctuary state.

Under the proposed legislation, California law enforcement would be prevented from communicating or cooperating with ICE.

A similar law has existed in Oregon for 30 years.  The Oregon law is less restrictive –  it prevents law enforcement from cooperating with ICE but does not prohibit communication between the agencies. The Oregon law was enacted to prevent racial profiling and save money on law enforcement, two concerns echoed by the California legislature.

Proponents of the bill also point out that law enforcement has better relationships with the communities they police when they don’t enforce federal immigration law.

According to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, police depend on immigrant communities to cooperate with police to keep communities and police safe.

sanctuary state

Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown is the head of the State Sheriff’s Association, which opposes the sanctuary bill.

Brown believes it is in the best interest of all of our communities and especially the immigrant community that dangerous offenders that are in this country illegally be deported so they do not continue to prey on the innocent victims.

Opponents of the bill point to recent high profile crimes committed by immigrants with criminal convictions that were released into the community instead of ICE custody.

Contact Us

(805) 962-5103