For the last ten years, there have been eighteen Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents working inside three San Diego County jails, giving the government access to people arrested in San Diego at all times. The cooperation between ICE and the San Diego government is supported by the Trump administration. However, a new sanctuary state bill, passed already by the State Senate, would force ICE agents out of San Diego jails. Further, this bill would make it illegal for local law enforcement agencies to help the federal government investigate enforcement actions, meaning that local law enforcement could not act as immigration agents.
Our Verdict: If this bill passes through the Assembly and then is signed by the governor it would bring considerable change to local immigration enforcement laws. The involvement of ICE in San Diego jails is always desirable by local police chiefs, as they want residents to be assured they won’t face removal from the country if they cooperate with the police. Therefore, in order to assure a fully functioning relationship between immigrants and the police, hopefully the sanctuary state bill passes, and ICE is removed from San Diego County jails.