SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted down Assembly Bill 1708 by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) to repeal the Sanctuary State law in California that took away the ability of local law enforcement to notify federal authorities about the release of an undocumented immigrant from jail. The bill died 5-2 on a party line vote.
“The recent mass murder at a church just miles from the Capitol may not have happened if it weren't for the Sanctuary State, yet today the Legislature chose to keep the disastrous law in place,” Assemblyman Kiley said. “If this unspeakable crime isn't a wake-up call to our politicians, I don't know what will be.”
On February 28, 2022, a man who was in the country illegally shot and killed his three daughters and their chaperone at a Sacramento church. Just days before, the gunman had been arrested on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and driving under the influence. The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) asked to be notified about his release from jail, but this never occurred due to prohibitions under California’s Sanctuary State law.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.