Sacramento Report: Gore, Zimmerman Grapple With the New Immigration Reality

A little more than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 54, a blockbuster bill that prohibits state and local law enforcement from acting as immigration officers, folks packed Christ the King Catholic Church in Grant Hill to hear how San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and Sheriff Bill Gore plan to implement the law locally. The event was put on by the San Diego Organizing Project, a faith-based community group.

Sacramento Report logoSB 54 faced strong opposition from the California State Sheriffs’ Association, which didn’t like the fact that the law kicks ICE out of county jails, where they’d take undocumented offenders into custody. Gore echoed that concern Monday evening. “We always felt it was safer [for ICE] to arrest someone in jail rather than in the neighborhood,” he said.

Both Gore and Zimmerman made it clear that their officers, regardless of the new law, don’t ask a person’s immigration status during routine…

Original published: 2017-10-20 18:19:39 Read the full San Diego News here

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