California legislature considers so-called ‘sanctuary state’ bill
HEADED TO THE CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY. IT WOULD PROHIBIT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM TURNING OVER UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. KSBY REPORTER MEGAN ABUNDIS IS LIVE IN SANTA MARIA. SHE HAS REACTION FROM ASSEMBLYMAN CUNNINGHAM AND SLO COUNTY SHERIFF. MEGAN, WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT? CARINA THEY’RE BOTH AGAINST THE BILL, SAYING IT COULD ONLY MAKE MATTERS WORSE. IF THIS BILL BECOMES LAW, THE SHERIFF WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO INFORM IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ABOUT CERTAIN PEOPLE THEY HAVE IN CUSTODY. “this bill would protect criminals from deportation at the expense of law abiding residents and people in our community deserve to have their public safety put first.” SENATE BILL 54 WOULD AFFECT THE ABILITY OF SHERIFFS ACROSS THE STATE TO NOTIFY I.C.E OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN THEIR CUSTODY AND THEIR RELEASE DATE. SUPPORTERS..ARG UE THE BILL WILL PROTECT VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES “they are in fear and have anxieties of being deported and nowanting to report crimes or any violations to the police, because of that same anxiety to feel that police are collaborating with ICE.” LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO GIVE ICE INFO THAT IS ALREADY PUBLIC “it would produce a great amount of relief for families that they are protected by the state.” “If you prohibit ICE from communicating with local sheriffs and from picking up felons to be deported than you are possibly indirectly pushing ICE into other places likeur restaurants and fields and everywhere else. SHERIFF IAN PARKINSON ALSO OPPOSES THE BILL AND SAYS IT COULD FORCE THE FEDS TO FIND OTHER MEANS OF LOCATING PEOPLE IF THEY CAN NO LONGER GO TO THE JAILS. “Like other Sheriff’s in California, I am opposed to SB54 for the simple reason it will still allow violent criminals like domestic violence offenders and child traffickers to be released into the community. In addition, if ICE is unable to pick up criminal offenders from jail, it will force ICE agents to go into neighborhoods and businesses to locate and detain them.” Sheriff Ian Parkinson IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS WOULD NOT APPLY TO INMATES WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN DEPORTED FOR A VIOLENT FELONY OR WHO ARE SERVING TIME AND HAVE A PRIOR FELONY CONVICTION. AUTHORITIES COULD STILL GIVE THE INFORMATION ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE TO THE GOVERNMENT. LIVE AND LOCAL IN SM IM MA KSBY NEWS SB 54 IS A MAJORITY VOTE BILL. NEEDING AT LEAST 41 VOTES TO PASS. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO READ THE SHERIFF’S FULL STATEMENT AT KSBY DOT COM.