SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Since California became a sanctuary state in 2017, the number of inmates with immigration detainers being arrested again after being released from jail has jumped, according to a new report from Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.

SB 54 restricts most notifications to ICE upon an inmate’s release to the most seriously violent offenders. It became law in 2017 despite heavy opposition from the state’s law enforcement community.

“SB 54 has made our community less safe. The law has resulted in new crimes because my deputies were unable to communicate with their federal partners about individuals who committed serious offenses and present a threat to our community if released,” Barnes said in a statement. “The two-year social science experiment with sanctuary laws must end.”

According to Barnes, more than 1,500 inmates released in 2019 had ICE detainers, a request from the federal agency for notification that a particular inmate has been released. Of those inmates, 238 were re-arrested in Orange County for new crimes, including assault and battery, rape, and robbery.

The report notes that the numbers do not include anyone who may have committed crimes in Orange County, then were released to commit a crime in another county.

The rate of recidivism for those with ICE detainers is up from 2018, when 123 were arrested again for new crimes, out of more than 1,800 such inmates, according to the report.

Comments (8)
  1. John Steele says:

    It doesn’t require a college degree to figure that out. They are flocking to Kaly as the Cartels and the illegal aliens are protected by the worthless Chiefs of Police who are demoRat political appointee’s and refuse to help ICE get the criminals out of the cities and counties.

  2. Is it just me or shouldn’t we be concerned this “Bat Soup” can enter through our Southern Border. My 11 year old daughter is still freaked out because her school made such a big deal over it. This same school system supports open borders and sancturary cites.

    If we are stopping flights from China, why aren’t we closing our borders and making sure it doesn’t spread?

    If you told citizens that they would no longer be arrested for drinking and driving, would you expect fewer people to drink and drive? Sancturary cities are telling one group of people that the law doesn’t apply to them. Logic dictates, illegals actually are encouraged to break the law.

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