It is not just the federal government that is challenging California over its sanctuary state law. On Monday night, the Orange County city of Los Alamitos preliminarily approved an ordinance exempting the municipality from the sanctuary state law. [LA Times]
Senate Bill 54, which took effect on Jan. 1, prohibits state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and inquiring about an individual’s immigration status. Though the Trump Administration has sued California over the law, the state has not faced much resistance to its sanctuary status.
On Monday, the Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance declaring that SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, is contrary to the United States Constitution. The ordinance states Los Alamitos will comply with federal laws and the U.S. Constitution, rather than California’s sanctuary state law.
However, it is unclear how the Orange County city will implement the ordinance. Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto, who first proposed the ordinance, said he does not know whether the ordinance will hold up, and it may end up being largely symbolic.
Councilman Mark Chirco cast the lone dissenting vote. Chirco said the ordinance might expose Los Alamitos to litigation.
About 160 members of the public attended the city council meeting on Monday, a crowd size much larger than Los Alamitos council meetings typically draw. Public comment lasted late into the evening. Following the vote, some members of the audience displayed pro-Trump flags.
A second reading of the ordinance is needed for the council to formally adopt it.