After California Makes It Illegal to Enforce the Law, Sheriffs Take a Stand

Conservative Tribune | 10/12/2017 | jfalkenberg
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Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s “sanctuary state” bill, creating a huge pain for law enforcement in the state who would like to do their jobs.

The bill, signed Oct. 5 and set to take effect in January, severely limits the ways local law enforcement can communicate with federal immigration officials, according to The Washington Free Beacon. It would also make it a “crime to enforce federal immigration laws on the premises of all schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses in state, which is home to an estimated two million immigrants.”

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Now, sheriffs across the United States are taking a stand.

In a statement made Oct. 5, National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson said sheriffs around the country are “saddened and disappointed that Governor Brown signed this reckless bill into law.

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“It is unfortunate that California’s law enforcement has become pawns in this political game,” he continued, “but they will continue to do their jobs diligently to protect their communities.”

Aside from expressing outrage, he also implored lawmakers on the federal level to “take action and pass sensible legislation” against the nonsensical bill and help law enforcement members do their jobs.

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One might think, “Sure, illegal immigration is bad, but how does this bill handicap law enforcement?”

The answer lies in just how strict the laws are in telling law enforcement when they may or may not contact federal immigration authorities.

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