California state assemblyman is demanding the current ‘state sanctuary’ laws
Following the horrific murder spree from a twice-deported illegal immigrant in California, a Californian state assemblyman is demanding the current “state sanctuary” that prevents police cooperating with federal immigration officials to be scrapped.
Senate Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act needs fixing to support local law enforcement agencies in recognizing detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno reported.
“When those who say [Bill] 54 make accommodation for that, they’re not saying it like it is,” Patterson told the station.
“It’s conflicting, it’s confusing and it essentially says you can’t talk to ICE on those misdemeanors.”
Illegal immigrant, Gustavo Garcia, 36, of Visalia, reportedly went on a day-long crime spree on Monday before being killed in a police chase.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said that was in police custody before the crime spree, but California’s sanctuary law prevented him from being handed over to ICE agents.
“We are very frustrated with the fact that the way the laws are set up currently that law enforcement hands are tied,” Boudreaux said Wednesday.
According to a report from Fox: Authorities said Garcia’s crime spree involved robbing a convenience store, shooting several people, including killing one person and firing at buildings before crashing a truck that he had stolen.
Senate Bill 54 was enacted in September last year by state Democrats on a party-line vote.
It was drafted on the premise that undocumented immigrants would feel protected going to the police to report crimes and aid in investigations if they didn’t fear the risk of detention.
Patterson wants the bill’s language rewritten with the help of Democrats, who control the state Legislature.
“This could be fixed, but it has to take a will, and I don’t know if the ruling party has that will,” he said.
“What the bill language does it simply closes the communication gap so that sheriffs can ask of ICE the kinds of questions that need to be answered.”
Though some law enforcement officials favor cooperating with ICE, some are not on board.
Alex Villanueva, head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department in Los Angeles County, told county officials Tuesday that dropped the presence of immigration officials from county jails and plans to limit the crimes that lead jail authorities to cooperate with ICE.
“We are going to physically remove ICE from the county jails,” Villanueva told the county Board of Supervisors.