MOORLACH UPDATE — Sanctuary State Clarifications — February 23, 2019

Although my Autobahn bill has captured national attention this past week, other things are also going on in Sacramento.

As the new Vice Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, I was asked to join the Senate Republican Leader in asking the state’s Attorney General about clarification in certain areas concerning SB 54, the Sanctuary State bill (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Sanctuary State — February 2, 2017  and MOORLACH UPDATE — Sanctuary Repercussions — April 4, 2017). The Modesto Bee and The Sierra Sun Times provide the details in the first two pieces below, respectively.

Speaking of public safety concerns, the Voice of OC came by my Capitol Office recently and I enjoyed a thirty minute podcast interview with the publisher, Norberto Santana, Jr. It is the third piece below and you’ll have to click on the link to listen to the results.

State Senate Republicans ask for review of ‘sanctuary’ laws in Newman cop killing


State Senate Republicans are asking the Attorney General’s Office to determine whether local and state law enforcement agencies were prevented by California’s so-called “sanctuary state” laws from communicating with federal immigration officials in regards to the fatal shooting of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh.

Paulo Virgen Mendoza has been charged with murder in connection with Singh’s death. Mendoza is accused of shooting Singh during a Dec. 26 traffic stop in Newman when Mendoza allegedly was driving drunk. Mendoza is still identified in Stanislaus County jail records as Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an alias. But he’s referred to in court by his given name.

Mendoza entered the country illegally, according to authorities.

Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel; Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, and Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, delivered a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week, requesting his office to review the matter, according to a news release issued Thursday.

California Senate Republicans Request California Attorney General to Review “Sanctuary State” Law

Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel); Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review california senate republicans

Committee; and Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), Vice Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, delivered a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week requesting that he determine whether or not local and state law enforcement agencies were prohibited from communicating with federal immigration officers regarding the shooting of Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh because of Senate Bill 54 (2017) and how to uniformly enforce the law.

On December 26th, Officer Singh was killed in the line of duty after an early morning traffic stop. Two days after the shooting, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a suspected criminal street gang member and an undocumented immigrant, was arrested and charged with his death. The law enforcement agency that arrested the suspected cop killer asserted that SB 54 prevented law enforcement agencies from sharing information about criminals like Arriaga to federal authorities.

The letter includes several statements made by former Governor Jerry Brown and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León who appear to believe state or local law enforcement agencies could have shared information with ICE about Officer Singh’s alleged killer. As the state’s chief legal officer charged with ensuring laws of the state are uniformly enforced, California Senate Republicans respectfully request that Attorney General Becerra provide answers to the following questions:

  • Are state and local law enforcement agencies permitted under SB 54 to notify ICE and detain an undocumented person who has been convicted of DUI?
  • Are state and local law enforcement agencies permitted under SB 54 to report an undocumented immigrant to federal agencies, including ICE, if warrants have been issued for that individual for failure to appear in a DUI arraignment?
  • May state and local law enforcement agencies notify federal agencies about an illegal immigrant who publicly claims to be a member of a criminal street gang known to law enforcement?
  • Even if permitted under state law, can city or county laws prohibit law enforcement agencies from providing ICE with information about an individual’s immigration status when the illegal immigrant has outstanding warrants or a criminal conviction?
  • May a state or local law enforcement agency that is engaged in a multi-agency gang task force inform a participating federal agency about the immigration status of a gang member identified through task force operations?
  • May state and local law enforcement agencies report to federal agencies, including ICE, any undocumented person who harbors or aids another undocumented person evade arrest or escape to a different jurisdiction, as occurred in Arriaga’s flight from the crime scene?

Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen. Follow him @CASenatorJim.

State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th district of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only trained CPA in the California Senate. He gained national attention 23 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing – at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Follow him on Facebook & Twitter.

Source: California Senate Republicans

On OC: State Sen. John Moorlach on Police Oversight, Pensions & California’s Fiscal Solvency

By Norberto Santana Jr.NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

At his state office in Sacramento, Moorlach talks about recent legal cases spurring from legislation he co-sponsored, SB 1421, that calls on police misconduct records to be opened for public review. The former County Supervisor and Treasurer-Tax Collector for OC also ponders the future of pensions and California’s budget.


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