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    ICE agent's desk booted from Monterey County Jail

    ICE agent's desk booted from Monterey County Jail

    Updated: 1:40 PM PST Dec 18, 2017

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    SALINAS, Calif. — Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal announced Monday that he will no longer allow a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to have a desk in the Monterey County Jail.

    A new California law going into effect January 1, 2018, SB54, declares California as a "sanctuary state." Bernal said his decision to remove the ICE agent's desk was a result of complying with SB54, as well as consulting with several stakeholders who advocate for immigrants' rights on the Central Coast.

    An ICE agent was given a desk at the Monterey County Jail two years ago, shortly after Bernal was sworn in as sheriff. Hundreds of undocumented inmates convicted of certain crimes have been released to federal authorities.

    But with SB54 going into effect, local law enforcement agencies will no longer be able to work with federal authorities for immigration enforcement.

    "My number one message I want to get out there is, ICE will no longer have access to the Monterey County Jail, and we do not work with them in the field," Bernal said.

    ICE agents can still access the jail and question inmates if they have a warrant signed by a judge.

    "There have been several challenges with SB54 when it comes to striking a balance between building our relationship with our undocumented community, and being allowed to work with our federal partners to maintain public safety. My hope is that when this new law goes into effect, we will be able to work together to build a stronger community that empowers those who are undocumented to come forward if they have been a victim of a crime, or a witness to a crime," Bernal said at a Monday morning news conference.

    An estimated 2.3 million immigrants are living in California without legal status.

    ICE Acting Director Tom Homan released the following statement to KSBW on SB54:

    "Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to sign SB54 and make California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens – including those who have committed crimes – will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission. The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise," Homan said.

    "SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees," Homan said.

    "ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community. ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California," Homan said.

    "Ultimately, SB54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect. Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators. ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all sheriffs and local elected officials. This misguided legislation will severely undermine those efforts," Homan said.

    VIDEO: Sheriff Bernal announces ICE changes in jail


    http://www.ksbw.com/article/ice-agen...-jail/14456965


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    Americans should boycott Everything California until they wake up. Stop drinking their wine, stop buying their organic products, stop buying their fruit, nuts, raisins, lettuce and milk, stop going to their movies, stop taking trips there.

    It's time for Tough Love on California.
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    "ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community. ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California," Homan said.
    Turn up the heat big time! Make Gov. Brown rue the day he signed SB54 into law! Somehow we need to get a special federal illegal alien enforcement task force assigned specifically to California for the sole purpose of making business raids all over the the state. Those raids need to include agricultural farms, poultry farms, meat processing plants, box factories ......... anywhere that has a tendency to hire low wage workers. Attack the large targets where we can maximize impact. Oh, and let's also do a sweep of the many trailer parks throughout California where many of the illegals are living in large groups.
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