Kern County Sheriff a Defiant California Maverick on Immigration

Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2015

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was hiking along the bluffs overlooking Bakersfield last year when he got a call from Gov. Jerry Brown.

“What are you trying to do to me?” the sheriff said Brown asked him.

“What are you trying to do to me?” Youngblood shot back.

A Republican in one of the reddest counties in the state, Youngblood had riled the Democratic governor when he announced that his department would defy the Trust Act, a law signed by Brown that restricts cooperation between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agents.

The sheriff said the law put him in an impossible position, stuck between a federal program that relies on local jails to hold inmates who might be deportable and a state law that says inmates in jail for low-level crimes can’t be detained past their release dates.

That kind of stance has won him enemies in California’s immigrant-rights movement and frequent comparisons to Joe Arpaio, the brash Arizona sheriff notorious for his workplace raids and ID checks.

Donny Youngblood

Donny Youngblood


He lives in the same modest suburban neighborhood where he grew up, on Bakersfield’s now heavily Latino Eastside, and bristles at accusations that his policies encourage racial profiling, pointing out that a third of his deputies are Latino.

As he drove through town on a recent morning, past oil derricks, gated golf courses and strip malls lined with Mexican restaurants and carnicerias, Youngblood outlined his philosophy on immigration.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Another Joe Arpaio – Fantastic

  • Chip Carver

    The usual suspects are hoping that they can get to the point in the US that will allow them to erect the gulags their grandparents and great-grandparents constructed and ran in the old USSR. All so that people like Sheriff Youngblood, and many of the readers and posters here at this site, can be put away, pushed through show trials, be used as examples of what not to be, what not to do. Laugh now because you won’t be laughing later.

    • Alden

      I agree it’s coming

    • Charles Martel

      The left doesn’t have enough right side of the bell curve people to run civilization without us, they barely have it with us

  • He has largely refused to sign paperwork that immigrant crime victims need to apply for U visas, which allow some victims to stay in the country lawfully.

    Don’t let that line fly past you. Almost all law enforcement agencies will sign that paperwork. What it means is that the Razatards and the open borders lobby are wrong when they claim we can’t do immigration enforcement because then, “undokaminted” crime victims will be scared to snitch. The U-visa has existed for a long time, and as a matter of fact, almost all illegal alien crime victims who cooperate with cops get them.

  • John Smith

    Govt. officials who obey the nation’s laws in Kali are now “mavericks.”

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Pretty soon we’ll all be mavericks for tying our shoe laces like grownups instead of in bunny ears fashion. The more mavericks the sooner the correction, so I’m OK with that.

    • Charles Martel

      Think its not illegal yet.

  • TomIron361

    This sheriff is a good man.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      God Bless him and we need more like him.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Surprised Moonbeam still needs to use a phone. Thought he’d have mastered ESP by now.

    • LexiconD1

      As I Californian (who did NOT vote for this clown), I wish he’d master an aneurysm.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Gov. Jerry Brown. should be tried for treason against the US.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes…The “Trust Act” is is an act of treason in of itself.

      • archer

        Obama and Brown are the one’s breaking the immigration laws, not the sheriff.

        • Greg Thomas

          Where did I say the sheriff is breaking the law? My comment refers to the “Trust Act” signed by traitor Brown.

  • SentryattheGate

    This sheriff, God bless him, is performing his duties as a Constitutional sheriff; as the highest-level law enforcement in his county, he is not being pushed around by state and federal officials. (Not-too)Sharpton and his ilk are pushing for federal police, the Hegelian reaction to law enforcement “problems”, the goal of dictators!

  • California has committed racial suicide. Jerry Brown is a cheap tinhorn politician who has no right to do anything while in the presence of Sheriff Youngblood other than bow and curtsy. It’s good to see a man of principle fighting what is a losing battle, but fighting nonetheless.

  • LACountyRedneck

    When it comes to politics, Kern County is nothing like L.A. County even though they are adjacent to one another. I live 10 miles from Kern County. If you’re in L.A. County you have little to no chance of obtaining a CCW permit. In Kern County you simply apply and if you have a clean record, no problem.

    • Charles Martel

      Is your ccw good in LA or do they play special city rules?

      • LACountyRedneck

        I highly doubt a Kern County permit allows you to carry in L.A. County. I wouldn’t try it.

    • LHathaway

      So, when it comes to enforcing the laws they like, such as gun control legislation, they have no problem at all enforcing the law?

      • LACountyRedneck

        Yes. You can have neighbors across the street that divides both counties and if you live on the north side of that street (the Kern side) rules are different. Kern County is one of the few remaining Conservative areas around here. That won’t last the way things are going.

  • HE2

    Did I read this right? The sheriff lives in a heavily greaserito inhabited hood?
    I fear for his life. MS 13, Norteño, and Sureño gangs are powerful in the valleys of Mexifornia.
    Their methods of eliminating enemies are characteristically vicious. Torture followed by beheading is a favorite. The other favored practice is too obscenely macabre to appear on this website.
    I hope this LEO has bodyguards.

  • archer

    We’ll see how much the lefties like the illegals when there is no water left to drink.

  • jayvbellis

    This is where we have to focus our attention:

    State, county and local politics – positions like sheriff, County board chairman.

    Forget the tribe oligarch fixed Presidential race, go county.

  • De Doc

    There you have it. Another law enforcer, who actually wants to do his duty. Of course this makes him a rouge, racist person in the eyes of many minorities.

  • Light from the East

    Obama said our immigration laws are broken. Yes, indeed, they are so broken that people faithfully fulfilling their duty and obeying the laws only face with dilemma and those illegals can enter the country as easily as blowing off dust.

  • Alexandra1973

    The sheriff is the most powerful person in the county. Good on Sheriff Youngblood.