10 cities are now engaged in the battle, and San Diego County may join the fray next week.
Three more California cities have several other Golden State municipalities in the fight against Sacramento’s “Sanctuary State” law (SB54).
The City of Orange voted to not enforce the rules, and Newport Beach is joining the federal lawsuit against the state, as SB54 limits the ability of local law enforcement professionals from cooperating with federal immigration agents in the process of deporting criminal aliens.
In Newport Beach, the City Council voted unanimously during closed session to support a federal lawsuit filed by the Trump administration against California. The Newport Beach council also voted 7-0 for a resolution that says the city is publicly opposed to the law.
In Orange, the council voted 3-2 for a resolution against the California Values Act, the law that limits cooperation between federal immigration agents and local law enforcement and provides protection to unauthorized immigrants in public schools, libraries and medical centers. The Orange resolution says the city will not comply with state law, but resolutions are largely symbolic and it’s unclear whether it will have any impact on day-to-day operations.
“It’s making our voice heard, and supporting the County of Orange who really is the one dealing with custody and ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) communication issues,” Councilman Fred Whitaker said in an e-mail Wednesday.
The City of Westminster is also joining the federal lawsuit, following in the footsteps of Newport Beach and Orange to become the 10th city to reject the “Sanctuary State” rules.
By a 3-1 margin, the Westminster City Council voted to support a lawsuit being brought by Huntington Beach against the laws, the Orange County Register reports.
…On March 19, Los Alamitos became the first O.C. city to challenge the state laws, when its council voted to “opt out” of the sanctuary state status, which city officials said is legal because it is a charter city.
On April 2, the Huntington Beach City Council voted to sue the state over the laws.
Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda are the other cities that have followed suit, either opting out of the laws or joining the federal government in suing California. Several cities are attaching amicus briefs to the federal government’s lawsuit.
Next week, San Diego County may join this list and then become the largest state entity to push back on the controversial measure. Kristin Gaspar is a San Diego County Board Supervisor and had this to offer concerning the vote the full board will take on April 17:
“This issue was already decided in 2012 when the Obama-led Department of Justice and Supreme Court determined that local laws can’t override Federal law. I have asked our Counsel to prepare to discuss all of our options,” she added in that statement.
San Diego citizen activists are organizing to speak before the Board of Supervisors next week, to challenge SB54 enforcement. Who knows how many more cities will join between now and Tuesday?DONATE
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