California lawmakers are looking to pull some funding from jails that cooperate with ICE. Contra Costa County Sheriff and Vice President of the California State Sheriff’s Association, David Livingston, says SB 630 authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D – Berkeley) will hurt law-abiding Californians by withholding those funds.
“This is really a surprise bill from Senator Skinner, kind of a last minute, moving the goal post in the middle of the game. The reason is, because sheriffs have applied for state funding to build jail facilities that have mental health treatment, rehabilitation services and many of us have applied for those state funds and then at the last minute, she adds this bill, which just passed the Senate yesterday.”
He hopes to convince the Assembly to reject the legislation and has appealed to Governor Jerry Brown.
”And I hope that we can make our case because we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. We’re not focusing on immigration as sheriffs, but when you start taking money away from taxpayers because we happen to assist ICE by renting excess bed space, there’s a problem with that.”
Sheriff Livingston was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells