Orange County Scraps Immigration Program
Orange County has ended its participation in a controversial federal program that enlists the help of local jail officials in cracking down on people residing in the U.S. illegally.
Orange County was the only jurisdiction in the state participating in the program known as 287(g) which trains deputies to identify and hold undocumented inmates pending notification and removal by ICE.
The program became moot as of the start of the year thanks to Senate Bill 54, the state’s so-called “Sanctuary State” law. It prohibits local law enforcement from notifying ICE of an inmate’s impending release unless they have been convicted of specific (mostly violent) crimes.
Read more about the history of the 287(g) program in Orange County here.