The National Sheriffs' Association says California’s new "sanctuary state" law is reckless and dangerous.
The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week, bars police from asking people about their immigration status or participating in most federal immigration enforcement activities starting January 1.
National Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said in a statement that leaders in Washington must take action and pass sensible legislation that doesn't hamstring law enforcement.
"In California, someone is about to be harmed, and it's preventable. That's the crazy part of this whole thing," Thompson said on "Fox & Friends."
He said the "sanctuary state" law is just a political stunt, and it comes at the expense of U.S. citizens.
"We're talking about criminals, dangerous people. We're not talking about people with parking tickets and people with paying jobs. We're talking about people that are systematically in our systems. And we have to get them out of this country. We have to get them into the hands of ICE and move on," Thompson said.
"I fear for people in California."
The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000.
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