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California AG Pledges to Defend Law CA Sheriffs Say Protects “Violent Criminals”

“I took an oath to uphold the law. That means all of the laws, including #AB450 and #SB54,” Xavier Becerra tweeted.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2018 @2:00pm
California AG Pledges to Defend Law CA Sheriffs Say Protects “Violent Criminals”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) tweeted out that he intends to enforce two California laws, including one that allows him to prosecute employers in California who cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The other law Becerra will enforce would “allow dangerous, violent career criminals” back on the streets, according to California sheriffs.

Becerra tweeted on Wednesday:

This was in response to a lawsuit that the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on Tuesday, which alleged that three recently-passed California laws, including AB 450 and SB 54, deliberately interfered with federal immigration policies.

The Associated Press reported on the DOJ’s lawsuit:

“The U.S. Justice Department is challenging three California laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. The suit filed in federal court in Sacramento says the laws are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs.”

The first law Becerra is referring to in his tweet, AB 450, is a complicated law that “puts employers in a difficult situation of having to comply with federal immigration law obligations on one hand and state law requirements on the other.”

Under AB 450, employers are prohibited from “providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of a place of labor unless the agent provides a judicial warrant, except as specified.”

California employers who violate the law face fines ranging from “$2,000 up to $5,000 for a first violation and $5,000 up to $10,000 for each subsequent violation.”

The second law Becerra is referring to, SB 54, expands “so-called sanctuary city policies, prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes.”

SB 54 also created so-called “safe zones” for immigrants, and limited the “communication between ICE and state and local law enforcement agencies.”

Sheriffs across California vehemently opposed SB 54 because “the bill would severely limit communication and collaboration between local and federal agencies, forcing federal immigration officers to go into communities — instead of jails — when searching for immigrants who are a danger to public safety.”

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters before SB 54 passed that if it was enacted into law it would “allow dangerous, violent career criminals to slip through the cracks and be released back into our communities.”

After SB 54 had been signed into law Becerra applauded the legislation, saying that he was “ready to fully defend the law.”

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