By Will Racke
A small California city has voted to exempt itself from a statewide sanctuary law, making it one of the few jurisdictions to formally reject the state’s resistance to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.
City Council members in Los Alamitos, an Orange County city of about 12,000, voted 4-1 on Monday night to opt out of Senate Bill 54, a law that went into effect Jan. 1 and sharply restricts municipal cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Through the ordinance is likely to be challenged by state officials and immigration groups, its supporters say it sends a clear message that the city is placing public safety over politics.
“This council is looking out for the constituents in our city,” Los Alamitos Councilman Warren Kusumoto said, according to the Orange County Register.
The law, which must pass a second City Council vote scheduled for April 16, thrusts Los Alamitos into the national debate over sanctuary jurisdictions. The battle is particularly intense in California, which has emerged as the foremost state-level opponent of Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
California has enacted several laws that limit the ability of local governments and private actors from voluntarily assisting federal immigration enforcement under Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice sued California over three of those laws—including Senate Bill 54—saying they interfere with the federal government’s prerogative to enforce immigration statutes.
Even before Senate Bill 54 went into effect at the beginning of the year, most of California’s major cities were already preventing local police from honoring federal immigration detention requests, known as detainers. Senate Bill 54 applied those restrictions statewide, prohibiting county and local jails from holding criminal aliens for immigration agents unless the detainer is backed by an arrest warrant.
Kusumoto, who sponsored the Los Alamitos ordinance, says Sacramento is forcing local government officials to …read more
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