Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says he met with U.S. Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions Tuesday and talked about marijuana and immigration.
Sheriff Jones says he spoke with Jeff Sessions about the Obama administration policy that prevents sheriffs from helping the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
"Today all the sheriffs in the state are considered sanctuary counties because we don't honor ICE detainers," Jones says. "It does not hold anybody for one second longer than their local charges. Well, President Trump could simply reverse that tomorrow. It wouldn't be creating new law. It would simply be reversing the policy and having it go back to the way it was for many, many years."
The sheriff says he doesn't expect Sessions would go after undocumented immigrants who are otherwise following the law.
Jones began to speak often about immigration policy after Sacramento County and Placer County Sheriffs deputies were killed by an undocumented immigrant who had multiple criminal convictions and who had been deported several times.
As for marijuana, Jones says his conversation with Sessions didn't lead him to believe much would change.
"Regarding the prioritization of federal resources to combat marijuana, he didn't see the federal government getting involved in marijuana use or low-level state, what are traditionally state and local crimes, but, I don't think he ruled out the possibility of the federal government getting involved in larger-scale operations."
The sheriff says those operations would include trafficking by drug cartels.
Jones is in Washington D.C. for a sheriffs' convention.
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