Republican candidate for California governor John Cox praised the Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston for supporting the rule of law and opposing Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s devastating Sanctuary State policy.
“I am thrilled to see a county, less than 12 miles from Gavin Newsom’s home turf reject these dangerous Sanctuary policies. San Francisco values are not our values,” said Cox. I applaud Contra Costa Sheriff Livingston for standing up to the reckless Sacramento lawmakers who have put the safety of crime-committing illegal immigrants over our communities.”
“The Sheriff made clear his intent to obey federal immigration law and uphold his oath to the Constitution,” he added.
As of February, the Sheriff’s Office has been posting the release dates of all inmates at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) in Richmond. That is the only county jail in the Bay Area to have a contract with Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal immigrants.
According to the Sheriff’s Department website, “Under the Detention Services Intergovernmental Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service, provisions were established in 2009 that outline procedures for the housing of and billing for federal detainees under the care of the Office of the Sheriff. The housing of detainees is part of a long-standing contract with the Marshals Service to house prisoners in available beds at WCDF. ICE is part of that contract and pays for the Sheriff’s Office to house an average of 200 ICE detainees each day, provided we have the space for them to use.
These detainees are not persons who have been arrested by Office of the Sheriff personnel or are necessarily involved in criminal court proceedings in Contra Costa County, but instead are detainees ICE has brought to the facility in need of housing. This allows some ICE detainees to remain in the Bay Area, closer to their families, rather than at a remote jail somewhere out of the county or the state.
The program with ICE generates approximately $6 million in gross revenue each year and approximately $3 million in net revenue; this revenue reduces the local taxpayers’ burden for the overall operating costs of the Office of the Sheriff.”
About John Cox: Cox is a businessman and has been conservative leader for more than 35 years and served on Jack Kemp’s national steering committee. His campaign for Governor has been endorsed by Newt Gingrich. Cox serves as Chairman of Give Voters a Voice, the initiative campaign to repeal the gas tax increase.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.