Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken the lead in battling sanctuary city policies across the country. They have threatened to subpoena officials in New York and Colorado for information on illegal alien criminals they released from jail despite ICE detainers on them.
Now, they are giving a boost to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which says it has been forced to release more than 2000 illegal alien criminals in the last two years because of California’s statewide sanctuary policies.
ICE released a statement in support of the sheriff’s department, which is sounding the alarm about illegal alien criminals who, once released, reoffended.
“I applaud Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes for his continued efforts to explain why these sanctuary policies do not make sense when it comes public safety. This is exactly what ICE has said time and again. These policies do nothing but ensure that criminals are released back into the community, where many re-offend, instead of being turned over to ICE. These are preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims. As the data released by Sheriff Barnes clearly demonstrates, all communities are safer when local law enforcement works with ICE.” – Acting ICE Director Albence
- A total of 1,507 inmates released from the Orange County Jail had ICE detainers.
- 492 inmates were released to ICE upon completion of their local sentences in accordance with SB54 regulations.
- The remaining 1,015 inmates were released without notification to ICE due to limitations by SB54
- 238 of those individuals were rearrested on additional charges.
- A total of 1,823 detainers were placed on inmates at the Orange County Jail.
- 823 inmates were released to ICE upon completion of their local sentences in accordance with SB54 regulations.
- 1,106 inmates were released without notification to ICE due to limitations by SB54
- 173 of those individuals were rearrested on additional charges.
The OC sheriff called sanctuary policies a “social science experiment.”
“SB 54 has made our community less safe. The law has resulted in new crimes because my deputies were unable to communicate with their federal partners about individuals who committed serious offenses and present a threat to our community if released,” Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes said in a statement.
“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, often times back into the immigrant communities they prey upon, and create new victims,” Barnes continued.
The DC reports that some of the crimes committed by those 411 illegal alien criminals released in the last two years include, “rape, child sex offenses, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, driving under the influence and identify theft.”
But the entire sanctuary movement is not about keeping communities safe. In fact, that’s far down the list of priorities for these activists. If a few women are raped, a few children are molested, a few wives or girlfriends beaten senseless, or a few armed robberies or assaults are committed, that’s a small price to pay not to hurt the feelings of other illegal aliens by deporting those who are a danger to their community.
The entire movement stinks of politics and should be abandoned.