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By making inmates’ release dates public, OC Sheriff finds workaround to sanctuary law




A sheriff's deputy speaks to an immigration detainee at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which houses convicted criminals as well as immigration detainees, March 14, 2017 in Orange, California.
A sheriff's deputy speaks to an immigration detainee at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which houses convicted criminals as well as immigration detainees, March 14, 2017 in Orange, California.
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The Orange County sheriff’s department announced Monday that it will begin publishing a list online of inmate release dates, challenging a provision of California’s sanctuary law.

The online inmate database includes the date and time of a prisoner’s release including those in the country illegally. Undersheriff Don Barnes said the action is in response to Senate Bill 54; a bill that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials. The city of Los Alamitos voted last week to be exempted from SB 54.

Guests:

Claude Arnold, retired special agent in charge of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations in the greater Los Angeles area

Annie Lai,  co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine; she is an assistant clinical professor of law at UCI



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