Sher­iffs, Brown con­fer on bill changes

Group is work­ing with gov­er­nor to ad­dress pro­posed ‘sanc­tu­ary state’ re­stric­tions.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Jazmine Ul­loa jazmine.ul­loa Twit­ter: @jazmineul­loa

SACRA­MENTO — Mem­bers of the Cal­i­for­nia State Sher­iffs Assn. say they have been in dis­cus­sions with Gov. Jerry Brown in hopes of amend­ing a state Se­nate bill that seeks to keep lo­cal and state law en­force­ment agen­cies from en­forc­ing fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws.

On a Tues­day con­fer­ence call, Santa Bar­bara County Sher­iff Bill Brown, pres­i­dent of the sher­iffs as­so­ci­a­tion, said his or­ga­ni­za­tion wants to en­sure that the leg­is­la­tion does not pre­vent lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from no­ti­fy­ing fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion agents about the re­lease of dangerous peo­ple from their jails.

In its cur­rent form, the bill “will pro­vide sanc­tu­ary to crim­i­nals and en­dan­gers the public,” the sher­iff said. “Many, many se­ri­ous and vi­o­lent crim­i­nals… would re­turn to our com­mu­ni­ties and would prey on the im­mi­grant com­mu­nity.”

Se­nate Bill 54, in­tro­duced by Se­nate leader Kevin de León (D-Los An­ge­les), would pro­hibit state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies from us­ing re­sources to in­ves­ti­gate, de­tain, re­port or ar­rest per­sons for the pur­poses of im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

De León has tried to ad­dress con­cerns from Repub­li­can law­mak­ers and sher­iffs over the re­lease of vi­o­lent felons. The bill now al­lows of­fi­cers to pass along in­for­ma­tion to U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment about in­mates who have pre­vi­ously been de­ported for a vi­o­lent felony, or are serv­ing time on a mis­de­meanor or felony and have a se­ri­ous or vi­o­lent felony con­vic­tion.

Some law en­force­ment agen­cies, such as the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment, al­ready make re­lease dates pub­licly avail­able on their web­sites.

But on Tues­day the sher­iff’s group said all agen­cies don’t re­lease that in­for­ma­tion. The bill’s ex­cep­tions for vi­o­lent and se­ri­ous felons re­main too nar­rowly de­fined, they said, and would keep fed­eral of­fi­cers from pick­ing up crim­i­nals at county jails, forc­ing them into neigh­bor­hoods where they could also ar­rest other im­mi­grant by­standers.

The pro­posed amend­ments would elim­i­nate most of the pro­vi­sions pre­vent­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion agents and lo­cal and state of­fi­cers about in­mates or sus­pects who are de­tained or ar­rested.

The re­marks come just days af­ter the gov­er­nor ex­pressed reser­va­tions about the high-pro­file leg­is­la­tion dur­ing an in­ter­view on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said he was in dis­cus­sions with De León about changes to the bill, but it was un­clear what they will be.

Va­lerie Ma­con AFP/Getty Im­ages

GOV. Jerry Brown is in talks with the state Se­nate leader to amend the sanc­tu­ary leg­is­la­tion.

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