GOP-led states back Trump in California 'sanctuary' lawsuit

29 March, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Jason Torres
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Donald Trump tweeted his support for Orange County a day after the county Board of Supervisors voted to join a federal lawsuit against California's so-called "sanctuary" laws.

Supervisor Michelle Steel, who introduced the resolution, delivered a statement explaining the measure.

The supervisors' vote follows a move by the Los Alamitos City Council last week to adopt an ordinance that would exempt the small northern Orange County city from SB-54, a California law that limits cooperation between local and state agencies.

SB 54, which took effect on January 1, prohibits state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and inquiring about an individual's immigration status. Also, local law enforcement officials may cooperate with the deportation of state convicts in prison or inmates in local jails being held for a list of serious offenses.

Several residents spoke in support of the county opposing the state law, but multiple others called Sessions' lawsuit "racist" and "divisive". "They have the highest taxes in the United States".

If Arizona's laws are overridden by federal law, then so are California's, the court filing for Texas and the other states said.

The US Justice Department sued California this month over its immigration laws, a move California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown said was akin to declaring war on the most populous US state.

In another contentious matter at Tuesday's meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to rescind a plan for potentially opening homeless shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel that could house up to 400 people. Orange County throwing its weight behind the administration is symbolic. You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.

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Earlier this month, the city council of Los Alamitos voted to "opt out" of the law and this week, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens chose to put release dates of county jail inmates online to the public, which allows ICE officials to get that information without having to go directly through local law enforcement.

California Democrats also reacted furiously this week to plans by the administration to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, a move that California lawmakers say could spook illegal immigrants from answering - leading to blue states with high numbers of illegal immigrants being underfunded.

The board's vote may mark the biggest maneuver yet in a nascent local movement against California's law to protect people residing illegally in the country.

Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, chastised Orange County leaders in a statement Tuesday: "This kind of obsessive immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and its residents, and seems created to court the approval of a racist President and his cronies".

"The county that gave us Prop. 187 more than two decades ago is at it again with another unconstitutional attack on our immigrant communities", De Leon said. "I am confident the courts will reject this challenge to SB 54, just as they roundly rejected Prop. 187".

She also said supervisors should think about what side of history they will fall on.

"Orange County's residents have experienced firsthand the negative effects of SB 54, which mandates releasing criminal aliens back into their communities instead of into the custody of federal immigration authorities".

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