AG blames sanctuary law in flight of sexual-assault suspect

Jose Vaca

The ongoing debate over immigration reform has thrown the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office—and Senate Bill 54—into the national spotlight.

In a speech last month to the California Peace Officers’ Association, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the bill prompted the local sheriff’s department to reject a request by the Immigration Control Enforcement in January to hold an undocumented immigrant who had been suspected of sexually abusing a child two years earlier.

“Instead of be...

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