California Sanctuary Laws Up For Constant Debate

Sanctuary cities, found in the United States of America mostly in the Golden State, are localities that either limit their levels of involvement with federal authorities or fail to interact with them at all.

Many people don’t understand what happens when there are and aren’t sanctuary cities, or how they even work – here’s a brief refresher for you to inform yourself of sanctuary city basics.

Federal governments, at least in the United States, try their best to get their donut-crumbed hands on people that have entered the country illegally or have become illegal because their visa wasn’t renewed in time. Let’s assume that a man named Illegal Bob gets arrested in the city of Compton, California.

When he is booked into jail, he is fingerprinted by a law enforcement officer. Those unique fingerprints are spread throughout several agencies’ databases, including ICE, or the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government bureau under federal law in the United States.

ICE would then send a request to the locality – in this case, Compton, California – to hold the illegal immigrant for up to 48 hours so that those government officials have plenty of time to go pick up the illegal immigrant.

Illegal immigrants obviously don’t want to speak with police officers – or anyone that’s a member of any government, for that matter – which causes them to systematically report far fewer crimes than if they were living in a sanctuary city. However, this can result in serious damage to the person or persons here in the United States illegally.

So if that local police department or jail decides not to relinquish the rights to that illegal immigrant, he or she will soon be released from that institution, then allowed to live just as he or she was doing before the arrest.

14 cities throughout Southern California and at least two counties have either filed lawsuits or ordinances in opposition to the sanctuary laws that the state of California supports, all of which came forward in the last month.

It’s not clear which side is “right,” at least not in terms of the United States of America’s lawbooks.

Garrick Percival, one of San Jose State’s political science professors, shared that “This issue is really bringing up … legal arguments with no clear answers. California has a lot of diversity in its ideologies.”

Mr. Percival went on to share that the political argument would likely to go a federal or state Supreme Court.

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