California AG threatens to arrest Orange County Sheriff for obeying federal immigration laws

On Wednesday, BizPac Review and others reported that Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General of the lawless sanctuary state of California, threatened to arrest Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchins for daring to do her job by upholding federal immigration laws.

Our own Faye Higbee reported:

The Orange County Board of supervisors voted on Tuesday to join the Trump Administration lawsuit against the state.

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“This legislation prevents law enforcement from removing criminals from our community and is a threat to public safety.” Supervisor Shaw Nelson to Fox News.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office deliberately began posting inmates release dates so that Immigration officials would know when to them pick up. They did so with the knowledge of the exact wording of the California law- but the State Attorney General issued threats against them for doing so.

“State law is state law. It’s my job to enforce state law and I will do so. We want to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understands what state law requires of the people and the subdivisions of the state of California,” Becerra said.

When asked if that meant an arrest or lawsuit against the sheriff, he said, “I think I just answered that.”

Fox News added:

Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes told Fox News in an interview that Becerra’s comments “were threatening,” but the sheriff’s office was not doing anything that the law did not allow.

“My hope would be that he would read the language of the law that was passed,” he said on “Hannity.” “It very clearly says in there what we can and cannot do.”

In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Hutchins said Becerra doesn’t seem to understand the law, which she’s required to do in order to protect residents of her county, BizPac Review reported.

“What I’m doing is entirely within the confines of the law, and I’m doing what I think is important for my constituents. It’s a public safety issue to me. It’s not about immigration at all. It’s about individuals who have committed violent crimes,” she said.

She added:

Let me just give you some examples of some individuals we have had to release: How about sex with a minor. Child cruelty. Domestic violence. I don’t think I could sleep at night knowing that I had let somebody go and they go out and commit another crime with those kinds of charges.

So I am doing something well within the law that helps notify ICE, along with the community, when [illegal aliens who commit felonies] are being released. That gives ICE an opportunity to pick up those individuals who are in custody for serious crimes. We are not talking about misdemeanor crimes.”

As we reported here, this isn’t the first time the state AG has threatened to arrest law-abiding Californians for obeying federal immigration law.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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