by Daveda Gruber:
Not all of Californians feel the same way about sanctuary cities. There are some who actually want to adhere to federal law.
Following Los Alamitos, more towns and cities in California are exploring options in rejecting the state’s sanctuary law.
On Monday members of the Los Alamitos Council voted to opt out of a state law that puts restrictions on cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents.
State Assemblyman Travis Allen said, “Tiny Los Alamitos has kicked open the door and now other cities across California are looking to get on board and stand up against the illegal sanctuary state.”
Governor Jerry Brown signed a law into effect since January 1, 2018. The law includes prohibiting state and local police agencies from informing federal authorities in cases when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released from detention.
Los Alamitos’ approved regulations claims the new state law “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution.”
If it does not opt out, the council said it “finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The council’s move has inspired officials in Orange County and the cities of Aliso Viejo and Buena Park to reflect on adopting comparable measures against California’s sanctuary law.
On Tuesday Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel said in a statement that she plans to present a similar ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.
Orange county has optied out and voted 3-0 to join the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state. They voted on March 27 at 9:30 a.m..
Steel said in the statement, “I thank the City of Los Alamitos for standing up for its citizens and rejecting the so-called ‘sanctuary’ legislation passed in Sacramento, and I urge the County of Orange and all of our cities to do the same.”
Dave Harrington, Mayor of Aliso Viejo, said his council will discuss similar action next month.
Harrington said, “It is a great thing what they did. I think they were spot-on, that we take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Beth Swift, Buena Park Councilwoman said she will follow the lead as well and will request a discussion on the measure at the next council meeting.
Assemblyman Allen said that Huntington Beach had been considering opting out of the state’s sanctuary law even before Los Alamitos’ decision.
California’s sanctuary law will create discrepancies.
Kevin de León, California’s Senate leader, authored the controversial sanctuary law and is aiming for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat, said the law doesn’t violate the Constitution and those councils opting out of it are risking to be sued.
De León said, “Local governments that attempt to break state law will saddle their residents with unnecessary and expensive litigation costs.”
My opinion is that federal law will supersede state law in this case. De León is dead wrong.
Let the games begin. Make America safe again. Americans first.