Senate Bill 54 passed the Senate with a party-line vote of 27 to 11 to make California a Sanctuary State
Ignoring the concerns of California’s sheriffs, the Legislature approved Senate Bill SB 54, a proposal that would make California a safe haven for convicted criminals who are in the country illegally, including, but not limited to, repeat drunk drivers, those who assault peace officers, serial thieves, and animal abusers. Long-term public safety advocate and former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement:
“California cannot create its own border laws.
“While some amendments have been made from the original proposal, this measure will still make California a haven for criminals.
“I cannot agree with the Sheriffs’ Association more when they say, ‘This bill still goes too far in cutting off communications with the federal government;’ and it ‘limits [their] ability to protect our communities.’”