Placer County Supervisors Not Holding Hearing On Non-Sanctuary Status
Declaring Placer County a non-sanctuary county and attempting to get the board of supervisors to address the issue became a point of discussion this week at the first meeting of the supers for may. An estimated 150 people turned out Tuesday to support a renewed attempt to get discussion on the board’s agenda. The Republican Party had initially requested that it be heard Tuesday. Party Chairman Dennis Revell asked at Tuesday’s meeting for an May 22 h
earing. Eight counties and 33 cities have already adopted stances against sanctuary state status. Revell said that Placer County’s addition to the list would send a message that California should not be a safe haven for dangerous criminals. The initial request was made in mid-April by the Placer County Republican Party and it was answered by Board of Supervisor Chairman Jim Holmes with a statement that there would be no hearing and to look to the courts instead. The Republican Party’s request said that the sanctuary state legislation under Senate Bill 54 restricts law enforcement by not allowing peace officers to inquire about someone’s immigration status or detain someone on the basis of a hold request. Among the speakers reiterating the Republican Party request was gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, who told supervisors that the movement to oppose California’s sanctuary state has “caught fire” around the state. He also said that leaving the subject to the courts, even thought the federal lawsuit would be won, it could take several years to be resolve.