Small Southern California City Fights Back Against Sanctuary State Law

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The city council of Orange County's smallest city voted 4-1 Monday to exempt itself from the state's sanctuary law that limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents.

Among those who attended the meeting was Moti Cohen, a Garden Grove resident whose wife grew up in Los Alamitos, and who supports the anti-sanctuary measure. Rather, the ordinance will place our city in danger of a costly and uphill battle with the State of California.

One woman hailed the council members as "pioneers" and urged them to pass the ordinance. "We get bullied all the time by the state and by the elected leadership in Sacramento, and I'm actually exhausted of it". Immigration law professors told the Press Telegram that the California law was not unconstitutional and that the city could be "inviting a lawsuit if it approves the ordinance". Councilmembers voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of an ordinance to opt out of California's law, citing constitutional concerns.

The city council of a wealthy, small California town on Monday approved the introduction of a city ordinance to opt out of a "sanctuary" state law aimed at restricting collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.


"There's an unavoidable, often unspoken, fear that the city around us may be in a state of irreversible decline, and a suspicion on the part of some that the rights of homeless people have trumped the rights of everyone else", writes the Times.

"They can't opt out of state law and automatically win", he said.

Councilman Mark A. Chirco was the sole dissenter, suggesting the initiative could expose the city to litigation. In the county, an estimated 34.2 percent of residents were Hispanic or Latino as of 2016, about the same as the estimated 38.6 percent statewide, according to the U.S. Census. "I don't think that would be prudent".

She moved from San Francisco to Los Alamitos in 2001 before relocating to Rossmoor two years later and was bracing herself for a more conservative community. "I feel that SB-54, that becomes the California Values Act, causes us to have a conflict of which one we will comply with".


Unhappy with SB 54's blatant attempt to subvert the U.S. Constitution and undermine the rule of law, Los Alamitos City Council member Warren Kusumoto introduced an ordinance to nullify the bill and direct municipal police to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

"This state law has already been legally challenged by the federal government".

Rev. Melinda Dodge, of Los Altos United Methodist Church in neighboring Long Beach, said the proposal goes against everything the community believes in and values. In an email, one member, Shelley Hasselbrink, declined to say publicly how she intends to vote but said it is "such an important topic".


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