Santa Ana, CA – Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes released a report that showed the number of illegal aliens who committed new criminal offenses after being released under California’s sanctuary state laws has increased sharply since 2017.
Sheriff Barnes referred to The California Values Act, known as the “sanctuary state law” or Senate Bill 54, as a failed “two-year social science experiment,” and said that the practice of harboring illegal aliens who commit crimes must end, KCBS reported.
“Rather than protect our immigrant community, the law has enabled offenders to be released, often times back into the immigrant communities they prey upon, and create new victims,” Sheriff Barnes said.
Officially implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, the sanctuary law “bars law enforcement officers from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person’s immigration status, or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws,” The Political Insider reported.
“SB 54 has made our community less safe,” Sheriff Barnes said in a statement. “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.”
Orange County Sheriff’s Department records showed that the county released from jail 2,121 inmates who should have been held on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers in 2018 and 2019, ICE said in a statement.
ICE was not notified in any of those cases under the new sanctuary law.
A total of 411 of those released inmates have since been re-arrested on additional charges within Orange County.
“The aliens who were rearrested include those with charges including: rape, assault with a deadly weapon, child sex offenses, domestic violence, identify theft, and driving under the influence,” ICE noted.
Records showed that 173 released inmates with ICE detainers were re-arrested in 2018.
The following year the number jumped significantly, to 238 released inmates wanted by ICE being re-arrested.
Sheriff Barnes noted that the information he released did not include those who were arrested on new charges outside of Orange County.
Sheriff Barnes’ findings corroborated the predictions that have repeatedly been made by ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence regarding how sanctuary policies would increase crime rates.
“I applaud Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes for his continued efforts to explain why these sanctuary policies do not make sense when it comes public safety,” Director Albence said. “This is exactly what ICE has said time and again. These policies do nothing but ensure that criminals are released back into the community, where many re-offend, instead of being turned over to ICE.”
“These are preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims,” the director added. “As the data released by Sheriff Barnes clearly demonstrates, all communities are safer when local law enforcement works with ICE.”