Today, the Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss Senate Bill 54, which would make California a sanctuary state.
SB 54 has both supporters and critics at odds on how this bill will affect their communities.
The bill bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources – including money, facilities, equipment, or personnel – to aid with immigration enforcement.
They would be prohibited from asking about immigration status, giving immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody, or assisting them in immigration enforcement.
Just last week, Sheriff Donny Youngblood stated his opposition to the bill.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is sending out a list of people they released from custody in April who have been detained by ICE.
According to KCSO, some of these people could have been released back into the community had SB 54 already passed.