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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, about 32 miles (52km) southeast of Los Angeles.
US President Donald Trumps first budget provides more than USD 4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration by adding immigration and border enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, as well as building a wall on the border with Mexico. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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 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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