The story of liberal states not cooperating with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency seems to have no end. Reports have shown the flaws in the sanctuary laws that these states worship, yet their governments refuse to accept the facts.

Take a look at California. The state is largely a Democratic stronghold and one of the three largest Democratic states in presidential elections alongside New York and Illinois. 

Two years ago, in January 2018, the California Senate passed California Sanctuary Law SB 54, a bill that largely prohibits local law enforcement agencies from using their money, equipment, or personnel to aid ICE actions against illegal aliens.

ICE on Wednesday, Feb. 5 issued a press release title, Unimaginable: More than 1,500 aliens with ICE detainers released from the Orange County Jail in 2019, many reoffended, in which the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) had confirmed that SB54 had created more crime in the state. Of the 1,500 released even though they had active ICE detainers, more than 400 were rearrested on charges including “rape, assault with a deadly weapon, child sex offenses, domestic violence, identify theft, and driving under the influence,” ICE reported.

According to the statics from OCSD, which collects information on released inmates who committed new crimes in Orange County, of the 1,507 inmates released from the Orange County Jail despite active retainers in 2019, only 492 were released to ICE “upon completion of their local sentences in accordance with SB54 regulations.” ICE was not informed about 1,015, 238 ended up committing additional crimes.

In 2018, ICE placed 1,823 detainers on inmates at the Orange County Jail, 823 of which were released to ICE in accordance with the new regulations. Of the 1,106 who were released without notification to ICE, 173 were rearrested for additional crimes.

Don Barnes, Orange County’s sheriff-coroner, is not in favor of the law. He said that SB 54 had not only made the city less safe, it also created more crimes, because his deputies were unable to communicate with their federal partners about individuals who committed serious offenses and presented a threat to our community if released.

“The two-year social science experiment with sanctuary laws must end. Rather than protect our immigrant community, the law has enabled offenders to be released, oftentimes back into the immigrant communities they prey upon, and create new victims,” he said.

Acting ICE Director Matthew T. Albence applauded Barnes’s efforts in explaining why these sanctuary policies do not make sense when it comes to public safety. “As the data released by Sheriff Barnes clearly demonstrates, all communities are safer when local law enforcement works with ICE,” he concluded.

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