L.A. County Sheriff to Reveal Plan to Limit ICE’s Reach in Jails

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva during his address on the state of the department at the Hall of Justice on Jan. 30, 2019. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva during his address on the state of the department at the Hall of Justice on Jan. 30, 2019. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Alex Villanueva’s upset victory in last fall’s L.A. County sheriff’s race hinged on the overwhelming support he got from immigrant rights advocates and Latino voters.

By vowing to strictly limit his department’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and keep the county jails from becoming “a pipeline for deportation,” Villanueva aimed to draw a sharp contrast with incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who initially refused to back California’s so-called sanctuary state law.

Now Villanueva aims to make good on those pledges.

Friday he will unveil a comprehensive plan that he says will mark a “deliberate shift on immigration policy” from that of his predecessor. Among the provisions he’s considering are trimming the list of misdemeanors that could be cause for deportation and reviewing whether the Sheriff’s Department’s website should continue publishing release dates — information that ICE uses to stake out inmates and take them into federal custody.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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