The County of Orange Seeks to Intervene in the Department of Justice Litigation against California State “Sanctuary” Laws
SANTA ANA, CA— The County of Orange has filed a motion for leave to intervene and join in the pending case United States v. California, Case #18-264. The Department of Justice’s lawsuit seeks to restore the federal government’s Constitutional authority and sole jurisdiction over immigration issues and to end the existing conflict that local law enforcement encounters with state law.
This action seeks injunctive relief to stop enforcement of Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 103 that restricts local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Currently, under the State Sanctuary Laws, local law enforcement is unable to provide information on the release date of removable criminal aliens in custody.
“The State Sanctuary Laws are a clear public safety threat to the citizens of Orange County and California. It is inappropriate to put the lives, safety and security of our residents behind those of criminal illegal aliens. We look forward to our day in court,” stated County Supervisor Shawn Nelson. “I will do everything I can to stop it”.
“There have been over 250 inmates in the country illegally who have already been released into the community because of this legislation. We will not tolerate this abhorrent public safety hazard to continue any longer,” continued Nelson.
Supervisor Nelson represents the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Buena Park, La Habra, Placentia and Brea on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.