California Senate Bill 417 would require law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration officials by detaining an individual on the basis of an immigration hold, with certain limitations, when that person has been convicted of a serious or violent felony.
It makes sense.
We will hear that it will break up families. Maybe so, but have we forgotten about the families that were impacted by the act of the felon?
If I go to another country, I will do my best to follow the laws. If I break the laws, I expect their punishment, and if required, my deportation. I should have known better, and with this law, the felon should have known better. If they really want to live here, then they should be expected to follow the laws of the land and pay the consequences if they break them, which in this case means federal authorities being notified of the felon being held.
This bill makes sense. Protect the law abiding citizens by notifying federal authorities of a hold on a felon.