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California AG Open to Arresting Members of The Orange County Sheriff’s Department

"State law is state law and it's my job to enforce state law, and I will do so," Becerra told reporters.

By NTK Staff | 03.27.2018 @3:41pm

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) seemed to be open to possibly arresting members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for assisting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in arresting illegal immigrants on Tuesday.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced it would make public inmates’ release dates, which would assist ICE agents in apprehending illegal immigrants.

“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],” Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes told reporters on Monday.

A reporter asked Becerra about how he planned to respond to these actions by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department during a press conference on Tuesday.

“I’ll have to take a closer look at what Orange County is saying and possibly doing,” Becerra said. “State law is state law, and it’s my job to enforce state law, and I will do so.”

A reporter followed up by asking Becerra if he could provide clarification for what he meant when he said he would enforce state law.

“It means making sure the letter of the law is put into effect and respected by the people and the jurisdictions of the state California,” Becerra said.

“I mean does that mean a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department or arrest of the sheriff?” the reporter asked.

“I think I just answered that,” Becerra responded before concluding the press conference.

SB-54 “doesn’t specify what happens if law enforcement agencies don’t comply with the law.”

The Los Angeles Times reported:

“The attorney general has broad authority under the California constitution to prosecute police and sheriffs agencies that don’t follow SB 54’s provisions should it be signed into law.”

That means Becerra could very well start arresting members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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