SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 54 (de Leon, D-Los Angeles) making California a “sanctuary state”:
“Unfortunately, the winners under SB 54 are individuals who have been arrested for committing crimes such as assault, theft, or battery, just to name a few, and have extensive criminal histories or known gang affiliations. Our local law enforcement officers, who keep us safe, will no longer be able to communicate with their federal counterparts in these situations, even when their expertise deems it in the public’s best interest.
“This session has been one of the most difficult I have seen. Combined with dangerous and misguided laws supported by the governor and legislative Democrats in recent years, including public safety realignment and Proposition 47, SB 54 will only make our neighborhoods less safe. Majority party leaders have failed the people that they have sworn to protect.”