Orange County DREAMers Call on Sheriff to Cut Ties with Federal Immigration Agents: Update

See the update on Page 3 with local immigration activists from various groups calling on the Orange County sheriff to cut all ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Soon to be less crowded.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 7:33 A.M.: After a federal court decision in Oregon, every county that surrounds Orange County immediately halted honoring requests from federal immigration agents to hold potentially deportable inmates past the length of their jail terms. But the Orange County Sheriff's Department seemed to be a holdout.

Until now.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock sent a statement to the media late Wednesday afternoon that essentially says, in light of the court decision, Orange County also will not hold inmates on immigration holds beyond the end date of their sentences.

"I want to be respectful of the most recent federal court case decision while simultaneously being sensitive to public safety concerns of Orange County residents," says Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in the statement.

"I am actively working towards a solution and modification to the policy that addresses the concerns of our stakeholders," Hutches added.

Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and about a dozen other counties had previously ended the holds, no doubt spooked by a letter the ACLU sent to every sheriff in California warning they had better stop the immigration holds or else face the legal consequences. That advice was also passed along by the California State Sheriffs' Association.

This is driving the anti-immigrant crowd nuts, and they have issued a warning of their own: violent illegal aliens are coming to your street.

Some at least acknowledge that counties are legitimately worried about getting sued if they continue to thumb their nose at Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County, which concluded that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer, without a determination of probable cause, is not legally sufficient to hold an inmate beyond his or her sentence ending date.

The statement Hallock distributed follows on the next page ...

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