San Diego Sheriff Gore Discusses Impact Of New 'Sanctuary State' Law

SB 54 goes into effect January 1

Thursday, December 21, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera
Photo by Kris Arciaga / KPBS
Above: San Diego County Sheriff William Gore sits at his desk while he talks about the ways his department cooperates with federal immigration authorities, Feb. 14, 2017.

California's new so-called sanctuary state law goes into effect January 1.

Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, limits cooperation between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. Supporters say it will help protect law abiding undocumented immigrants from deportation. But the Trump administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have criticized the legislation due to public safety concerns.

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Under SB 54, police and sheriffs departments will still be allowed to work with ICE, but only on cases involving an individual who has been convicted of one of 800 serious crimes. The measure also prohibits law enforcement agencies from providing office space exclusively dedicated for immigration authorities. ICE officials are stationed inside San Diego County jails.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore discusses what the new law means for San Diego and why he is not ousting ICE agents from county jails.