[Ed. – The sheriffs lobbied against the law, although they were given little opportunity to make their case formally in Sacramento. California is a wholly unbalanced, one-party-rule state now, with no pretense of hearing both sides of an issue before voting on it. The only sheriffs who didn’t lobby against the sanctuary-state law were those of Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties.]
California’s sheriffs are calling on the GOP-controlled Congress to intervene and pass a federal law to change the state’s sanctuary state status, warning the law that ties their hands too tightly will only increase the chances of another high-profile tragedy. …
Most of the state’s sheriffs argue that the law limits their ability to remove dangerous, repeat offenders from their communities.
They remain concerned despite late changes that Gov. Brown helped negotiate that would grant police the ability to inform Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of violent felons police have taken into custody.
Sheriffs said the law would prevent police from notifying ICE of self-admitted members of MS-13 or other gangs if they were arrested for misdemeanor crimes such as assault and battery, possession of narcotics, being under the influence of narcotics, or driving without a license.
“If a gang member is arrested or charged with misdemeanor or a felony that is not covered by the law, we would be precluded from contacting ICE,” California State Sheriffs’ Associate President Bill Brown told the Washington Free Beacon.