How 2018 CA Immigration Law Will Impact Local Law Enforcement Authorities

How 2018 CA Immigration Law Will Impact Local Law Enforcement Authorities

In 2017, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, which went into effect at the beginning of this year. Although the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Sheriff’s Association initially opposed the bill, they later changed to a neutral stance after legislators added over 800 violent and serious felony crimes as exemptions to the law. However, according to a recent Channel 7 news report, most California local law enforcement agencies state that they already follow policies that comply with the new law. The biggest change for local law enforcement agencies will be the operations of county jails. Under the new law, it is illegal for sheriff’s departments to move jail inmates to immigration detention centers. For instance, the departments may not provide information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about a jail inmate’s release date or transfer him or her to an immigration detention center unless a judge has issued a warrant or made a judicial probable cause determination. Nonetheless, if ICE is present at the time an inmate is released, then ICE may take the individual into custody. According to California officials, the law is meant to allow low-level, non-violent offenders to go through their state court proceedings and be released on bail without interference by ICE. In response, the Trump administration has threatened to challenge the law in court and even withhold federal funding. Thus far, however, the Trump’s threats have not been successful in the court system. California officials maintain that the law will make their communities safer. There is no provision in the law about consequences or sanctions for local law enforcement agencies that do not follow the law. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation .
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