California State Senator Joel Anderson sent a letter to San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob on Monday, urging her and her colleagues to join the Federal lawsuit against California’s so called “Sanctuary” policies, including Senate Bill (SB) 54.
Anderson was known as the “leading anti-sanctuary voice” and actively opposed SB 54 while it was going through the legislative process last year, collecting over 50,000 signatures from Californians opposing the bill. SB 54 was eventually signed by Governor Jerry Brown and as a result, California’s local law enforcement may not hold inmates at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents or volunteer information to ICE about deportable criminals sitting in our jails.
In his letter, Anderson asserted, “We must not return dangerous criminals who would otherwise be deported back to our streets to victimize citizens and non-citizens alike.”
Last month, Orange County Board of Supervisors joined this lawsuit and next week the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider doing the same in closed session.