Orange County Sheriff’s Department Fights Back Against California’s Sanctuary Law

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is taking the fight to pro-sanctuary lawmakers in California, announcing they will make public the release date for all inmates in custody.

The policy change is the latest in a string of jurisdictions doing their best to fight against sanctuary state policies. Perhaps there is some hope on the left coast after all.

According to department officials, an online database called “Who’s in Jail?” is now in effect, and features the date and time for each inmate’s’ release.

The database is provided as a means for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep track of exactly when criminal illegal immigrants are set to hit the streets.

While the policy applies to all inmates, Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes specifically cited California’s sanctuary state law when announcing the public database.

“This is in response to SB-54 limiting our ability to communicate with federal authorities and our concern that criminals are being released to the street when there’s another avenue to safeguard the community by handing them over (to ICE for potential deportation),” Barnes said.

According to a statement released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has strongly opposed SB-54.

“My department … remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals from our community,” Hutchens said.

Orange County is one of a number of counties in California revolting against their state’s sanctuary policies.

One of the first locations to fight back was the city of Los Alamitos in Orange County, whose council voted to reject the state’s sanctuary law limiting cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration officials.

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel has railed against these pro-illegal immigration laws being bandied about in the Golden State.

“We need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County,” she said. “And that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”

It’ll be interesting to watch liberals criticize this sheriff’s department, and county, for trying to circumvent state law when they themselves have been trying all along to circumvent federal law.

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