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Los Alamitos aims to opt out of California's 'sanctuary state' law

Los Alamitos aims to opt out of California's 'sanctuary state' law

It may not have been the equivalent of a political natural disaster, but the Los Alamitos City Council decision to exempt itself from the California Values Act, the law restricting local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, certainly shook the status quo in the nation's largest sanctuary state. "I feel that the state has completely outstepped its boundaries by passing a law that conflicts with the U.S. Constitution".

About 200 people packed into Los Alamitos City Hall, many of whom watched the meeting on a monitor from an overflow room outside.

The most significant move against California's sanctuary status to date was taken by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, which narrowly passed a non-Sanctuary County Resolution in early February. "This council is looking out for the constituents in our city", he said. "We get bullied all the time by the state and by the elected leadership in Sacramento, and I'm actually exhausted of it".

Now, one Southern California city may want out.

The 4-1 vote taken by officials in Orange County's second-smallest city was an important first step and a giant leap forward in terms of pushing back against the suffocating dictates coming from Gov.

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging SB 54 as one of three "sanctuary state" laws that, it claims, violate the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause. Both sides were heard inside the city's council chambers. The president slammed San Francisco over its sanctuary law, which he said had allowed a Mexican national who fatally shot a tourist to remain on the streets. I think that's ridiculous.

If the measure passes, it isn't entirely clear how it will affect daily life in the city known for its strong public schools and a US military base.




But Los Alamitos is surrounded by larger and more diverse communities that are home to more immigrants, and visitors are drawn to the area by a nearby horse racetrack.

Tony Cobian, who owns a local diner, said many people in the community know one another and try to help others out.

Though California is deep blue overall, there remain many pockets that support Trump and his hard-line stance on illegal immigration.

Some immigration enforcement hawks hope Los Alamitos will be a bellwether.

The Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to approve the ordinance.

"Our immigrants should not have to live in fear", she said. "We are heartened that body politics is taking an action that supports federal laws", Robin Hvidston, executive director of We The People Rising, a lobbying organization for stricter immigration enforcement, told the newspaper.

Mary Hanes, a 61-year-old retail clerk having lunch at Katella Bakery & Deli, said the city is being "bullied to get with the program".

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