Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced that his agency will not participate in immigration enforcement.
The sheriff’s statement, made in a video posted Tuesday on Facebook, is a response to the promise by President Donald Donald Trump during his presidential election that he would deport millions of illegal immigrants.
“I will protect everyone who lives in our communities regardless of immigration status,” Boudreaux said. He added that Sheriff’s Office resources are used to protect all Tulare County residents and everyone should feel comfortable reporting a crime.
The agency will not be involved in federally led roundups or immigration enforcement details, he said.
However, Boudreaux later stated he would work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement if any undocumented person breaks the law. Suspects who are held in the county detention facility are fingerprinted, and ICE may request to pick up an inmate. The agency has five days from the request to pick up suspects.