Saturday, January 11, 2014
From KBAK News:
Under the new state law known as the Trust Act which went into effect January 1, undocumented immigrants arrested for minor misdemeanor offenses are no longer subjected to being placed on a 48 hour immigration hold at the request of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood however, said he would continue to cooperate with ICE. [Kern County includes Bakersfield, CA]
"If ICE says 'We really want this person held,' we're going to hold them," said Youngblood. "Because we don't know why that person is being held."
Sheriff Youngblood also claims federal law supports his decision to honor requests for an immigration hold. Youngblood cited the federal Secure Communities program that he said requires him to honor immigration hold.
"If I release someone during that 48 hour period and they go and out and commit this heinous crime, what the media is going to say is 'Sheriff, federal law says you shall hold them and you didn't and look what happened.' So the sheriff is in the cross hairs again, it's one of those state-federal laws that conflict," said Youngblood. Read more....