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Supervisor Frost: ‘Sanctuary’ Citrus Heights?

Note: This article was written and submitted by Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost, who formerly served as a councilwoman in Citrus Heights. Although The Sentinel’s general policy is to not publish articles written by political campaigns or government officials, submissions that are focused on an issue of local relevance are considered for publication.

Guest opinion column by County Supervisor Sue Frost–
Sue Frost, supervisorThe California State legislature may soon make California the first “Sanctuary State” in the Nation. I want to take a moment to explain what this means for Sacramento County, and how it impacts Citrus Heights residents.

To become a “Sanctuary State,” California will have to violate Federal information laws and limit cooperation with the Federal Government in order to help individuals who are illegally in the country avoid deportation. While the City of Sacramento is a “sanctuary,” Sacramento County is not. This is an important distinction as it is the county that runs the jail and county policies that more directly impact illegal immigrants that have committed additional crimes. If the Governor signs the sanctuary bill into law, the entire State will become a “Sanctuary State” which of course includes Sacramento County and the City of Citrus Heights.

There is a great deal of misinformation floating around regarding the relationship between the Federal government and the Sacramento County Sheriff in regards to this issue. Nobody is bursting into undocumented immigrants homes because of their immigration status. Nobody is checking the immigration status of students in our schools. Nobody is getting deported because they reported a crime, got a traffic ticket, or even committed a minor crime. That’s because the County does not coordinate with ICE, nor do hospitals, schools, or even the Sheriff – except at the jails.

When someone is sent to the County jail for serious/violent crimes (drugs, theft, rape, murder, etc.) through the normal fingerprinting, information is shared. Federal ICE Agents then contact the jail to inform them that they have an illegal immigrant. The jail then holds that individual until they have served out their sentence and releases them to the Federal authorities for processing and deportation rather than releasing them back into the community. That’s it. Reducing crime and keeping violent criminals out of Citrus Heights is an “all-partisan” issue that we are all working toward.

I also want to note that without cooperation from local law enforcement agencies, this bill will force Federal immigration officers into our neighborhoods and schools to perform stings which are potentially far more dangerous and upsetting than working from the jail.

Further, this bill could deprive Sacramento County from being able to receive grants through the Office of Justice programs, and the Sacramento County Sheriff would lose over $4 million in annual Federal Funding (this bill doesn’t provide the funding that would be lost). The Sheriffs’ department has already been forced to reduce their budget to untenable levels, this bill would further hamper the ability for our law enforcement to keep the streets of Citrus Heights safe by suddenly stripping funding that places deputies in the community.

Sue Frost represents the 4th District, which includes all or part of the communities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Orangevale, Antelope, Rio Linda, Elverta, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, North Highlands, Carmichael, Foothill Farms, and Fair Oaks. She can be contacted at (916) 874-5491, or

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