In the wake of San Diego County’s formal support of the federal lawsuit against California’s SB54, the “Sanctuary State” rules, another California city has voted to join the #CounterResistance.

The city council of Beaumont — a Riverside County city with a population of nearly 37,000 — voted 3-2 to approve a resolution that declares Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act,” is incompatible with federal law and, therefore, illegitimate. The vote followed a lengthy debate and impassioned comments from the audience, which filled both chambers and an overflow room.
 Tuesday night’s vote makes Beaumont the first city in the Inland Empire to join the anti-sanctuary state movement.

..[A] citizen who had asked the council to put the issue on the agenda says taking a position wouldn’t necessarily cost anything.

“I would like to see them do a resolution to say we support the federal government,” Beaumont resident Glenn Stull said. “We believe in law and order, cooperation with the federal government.”

More than 60 people spoke to the council — some local residents, some from other parts of Southern California.

The #CounterResistance is poised to expand to other California counties rapidly. Paso Robles could become the first city in San Luis Obispo County to take a stand against SB54 (also known as the “California Values Act”), which prevents local law enforcement agencies from participating in U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts.

City Council members began considering whether to oppose Senate Bill 54, which became state law in October, at Tuesday night’s meeting. More than a dozen residents addressed the council, many of them urging leaders to fight the law that prevents local law enforcement agencies from participating in U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts.

Prior to the public comment period, Mayor Steve Martin said the council would wait to make a decision until the next meeting, after an attendee accused the city of violating the Brown Act because he could not find the text of the staff report before the meeting. .

The City Council of Waterford, Stanislaus County’s second-smallest city, is also considering a resolution to side with the federal government’s lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 54.

City Councilman Joshua Whitfield’s proposal coincides with a reaction against SB 54 from cities and counties controlled by conservative elected officials.

“First and foremost, when I served in the military and when I serve in public office, I take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States,” Whitfield said. “I take that pretty seriously and think (SB 54) is a gross overreach of state authority.

The remaining cities in this state are becoming a battleground between SB54 supporters and those keen to join the federal challenge. Dawn Wildman, Director of the Coalition for Policy Reform, offers details on the battle for Santa Clarita.

We know that pro-Sanctuary State groups are heavily focused on Santa Clarita, and they demonstrated this  by their involvement in the recent Santa Clarita Signal poll, questioning if Santa Clarita should challenge SB54. The City Council will vote on a resolution regarding the federal lawsuit My 8.  We really need those opposed to SB54 and who support the administration’s immigration policies to contact the Santa Clarita City Council.

In the rush to #Resist, California’s politicians in the San Francisco-Sacramento corridor forgot there was “Flyover State” that obviously did not want the “Sanctuary State” laws imposed on their jurisdictions. The expanding #CounterResistance is now being followed closely by Americans everywhere…even in the White House.