21 March, 2018
Los Alamitos approved the ordinance that exempts the municipality of 12,000 from Senate Bill 54, a law that took effect January 1 that restricts local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities, the LA Times reported. 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".
Council members in the majority said that California's so-called sanctuary law, SB-54, puts them at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
Others hoping a council vote may inspire other cities to take similar steps.
Members of the city council were concerned that SB 54 required them to violate their oaths of office, which require them to uphold and defend the Constitution.
"We really don't believe in the sanctuary bill and we would like to take a position to state our case and make it clear to our residents where we stand", Mayor Troy Edgar said.
Many cities have faced the ire of Trump and his administration for policies they say are too lenient toward those here illegally. Councilman Mark Chirco voted against it, saying adopting it would lead to litigation, according to the Register.
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"I can not see how passing this ordinance would be good for our city", Chirco said, according to the Register.
"We disagree with Sacramento on a lot of things". "I don't think that would be prudent". The Shasta County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last month saying the county isn't a sanctuary jurisdiction.
It's 71% white, whereas Orange County as a whole is 61% white, according to 2010 census data. Orange County, in comparison, was 61 percent white, and 34 percent Hispanic or Latino. Los Alamitos leaders voted Monday to file an amicus brief to the Justice Department's lawsuit. From the large crowd present at the meeting, 53 separate speakers were allowed to approach the main dais and address the council directly.
"If you could build a big, lovely wall along the 605 (Freeway, ) even though that would inconvenience me tremendously, I would give you a thumbs up", Long Beach resident Janet Wess told the council, according to the Register.
Pam Rozolis, who has lived in Los Alamitos for more than 48 years, called the exemption proposal a "politically charged move which does not reflect all the Los Alamitos residents".
Meanwhile, Elsa Aldeguer, a member of the organization Make California Great Again, said she feels she has to unfairly compete for jobs with undocumented immigrants.