SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) submitted a letter to Governor Brown urging him to veto the ‘sanctuary state’ legislation. Senate Bill 54 is the ‘sanctuary state’ bill which will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using funding or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
In her letter, Senator Bates highlighted several concerns:
“… [SB 54] serves only to create an unnecessary and confrontational relationship between the state and federal government.”
“Under its provisions, state law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from notifying federal authorities pending release of certain wanted, undocumented criminals when they have a long history of victimizing the people who reside in this, or other, states.”
“This is completely undesirable… it allows these criminals to continue persecuting our communities resulting in reduced public safety… immigration authorities will be forced into our communities where they will continue to conduct investigations and arrests in undesirable locations such as courts, schools, and churches.”
“… it is the federal government’s job to create and enforce the nation’s immigration laws.”
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens also remains opposed to SB 54. In a statement, Hutchens writes, “Even with the amendments, the bill continues to restrict the ability of local law enforcement to communicate with federal law enforcement authorities.” “… the bill does not allow for notification to federal authorities.”
Click here to read Senator Bates’ veto letter.
Click here to read Sheriff Hutchens’ full statement.
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers North San Diego County, South Orange County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.