California could become a sanctuary state. What does that mean?

February 2017

Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in USA Today for her expertise regarding Senate Bill 54, or California's "sanctuary state bill". She elaborates as to the legality of withdrawing federal funding from sanctuary states, and the extent of power that both the federal and local governments have on this issue.  

From USA Today:

That discretion could be used against California to strip its federal money, but state officials would bring legal challenges.

“I think (restricting funding) is legally a gray area right now,” said Ana Muniz, assistant criminology professor at University of California, Irvine. “The federal government can’t compel local governments to act, but there is also the legality over the federal government forcing the state to act. Withholding money could be seen as an overstepping.”

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Violent and property crimes edged up in Newport and Laguna in 2016

Richard Mc Cleary, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in The Los Angeles Times Community News, Daily Pilot for his expertise regarding reports showing an increase of violent and property crimes in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, compiled by the cities' police departments. In the article, he emphasizes how the overall crime increase in these cities are minute, and that drawing conclusions behind the cause of the crime spike is difficult.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Trump's policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants

Susan Bibler Coutin, professor of criminology, law and society and anthropology, University of California, Irvine; Jennifer Chacón, professor of law, UCI; Sameer Ashar, clinical professor of law, UCI; and Stephen Lee, professor of law, UCI, [write]: President Donald Trump is expected to order the deportation of millions of “criminal aliens” this week.

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