Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump hails California county that balked at sanctuary law

Trump hails California county that balked at sanctuary law

Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California's so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the USA illegally.

The council for the O.C. city of Los Alamitos voted last week to opt out of the sanctuary state status.

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel proposed a resolution passed on Tuesday condemning the state law, which she called "totally unconstitutional".

Supervisors also took a separate stand against one of those laws, created by state Senate Bill 54, which bans law enforcement from sharing immigration status information with federal authorities. But the goal is to assist agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Orange County, which is home to Disneyland and wealthy beach communities where many people vacation, has always been known as a GOP stronghold, but Democrats have gained significant ground in recent years.

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.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Democrat, who authored SB 54, disputed the assertion that the bill harms the ability of law enforcement to hand over unsafe undocumented immigrants to ICE.

Barnes (pictured above) said sheriffs considered challenging the law in court but made a decision to defer to the federal government.

On Monday, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which also opposes the sanctuary state law, began a practice of publishing the dates in which inmates will be released from custody, which the agency said is meant to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

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He said the vote Tuesday was largely symbolic and does not directly undercut the state law. You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.

During public comment, Fullerton resident Bethany Anderson said immigrants, statistically, commit less crimes than citizens.

The Democratic-leaning city sued the U.S. government in February, after the Justice Department sent it a letter demanding it hand over documents to prove it was complying with a federal law that requires municipalities to share information with immigration officials about inmates housed in local jails.

"My department, however, remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals from our community", she added. Jerry Brown would react to the move. Kevin de León, also weighed in.

But Democratic state senator Kevin De Leon countered: "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". "I am confident the courts will reject this challenge to SB-54, just as they roundly rejected Prop 187".

"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.

On Monday, the sheriff's department announced that it would be publishing the release dates of inmates as a way to improve cooperation with federal authorities.

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