California has been at the center of media attention recently. Governor Jerry Brown’s sanctuary state bill, SB 54, and related bill AB 450 prevent law enforcement from disclosing vital information to federal law enforcement agencies regarding incarcerations.
While the greater Los Angeles area, San Francisco, and other major metropolitan areas stand with this position, it’s does not reflect the state as a whole. Many cities in Orange County have voted to oppose the sanctuary state policy.
The California Resistance
Pushback against Governor Brown’s efforts started with the small community of Los Alamitos and spread to the greater So-Cal region. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to oppose the policy and joined the White House in a lawsuit against the state. For many lawmakers, these positions may seem symbolic, but they are making clear what constituents believe in these regions.
What is certainly not symbolic is the position that OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has taken with her agency. The OC Sheriffs Department (OCSD) has begun publicly releasing data with regards to incarcerations and jail release dates for inmates to the general public. This department retains contracts with a majority of cities in Orange County. It is responsible for enforcement of federal and state law in those cities.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens: “As a sheriff of Orange County I feel responsible for the public safety of the citizens of our county, SB 54 does not allow for that…” https://t.co/Pm4IDF4V0p
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 29, 2018
The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra answered questions about this movement in a press conference. When asked how he would respond, he emphasized that all options were on the table. He even included what seemed to be a potential arrest of OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
In a televised interview the Sheriff responded to the question of her arrest by stating the following:
I wouldn’t advise it, if he’s going to arrest me, he better have some good charges…. I would be very surprised if Mr. Becerra decides to make a move like that and arrest a sitting Sheriff for following the law, just because he doesn’t like what I’m doing, that’s not enough…
Public Safety, Not Racism
The problem that Sheriff Hutchens alludes to in her interview is one of public safety over partisanship. Lawmakers in Sacramento keep prioritizing their ideology over the protection of their constituents. This decision could quite literally cost Californian lives.
The people being arrested by OCSD are not “dreamers.” The particular cases which Sheriff Hutchens referenced involved serious criminal offenders. These individuals committed serious crimes, including sex with a minor, child cruelty, and domestic violence, to name just a few.
Progressives continue to let their left-leaning views undermine public safety. When a sitting sheriff has to risk arrest for enforcing the law and keeping violent criminals off the street, it’s time leftists reconsider the positions they’re trying to implement. The victims of Attorney General Becerra and Governor Brown’s policies are the very same immigrant families they claim to protect.
Without deporting those people who commit acts of violence, the trend toward lawlessness will persist.
The Attorney General of California has placed partisanship over public safety with his open ended threats to OCSD's Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
When partisanship becomes more important than keeping violent criminals off our streets, something is wrong.#DeportViolentCriminals
— Taylor Samuelson (@TsamOfficial) April 10, 2018
Saying that violent criminals should be deported isn’t a far-right position. It’s a rational, common-sense stance, one which Orange County and the Sheriffs department have rightly taken up. So how long can Jerry Brown and his cronies hold out before more cities realize this basic truth?