OC to Join Federal Lawsuit Against California Sanctuary Laws

But the surge in activism against California' "sanctuary state" laws could complicate those efforts, as may a scheduled referendum on the state's new gas tax, as well as a recall of a local Democratic State Senator who voted for it.

The City Council also voted to direct its city attorney to join a federal lawsuit against California that argues that its sanctuary state laws are unconstitutional, the paper reported.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to condemn the state's sanctuary law and join a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that contends it's unconstitutional.

The meeting produced a raucous debate between those who say the moves uphold the rule of law and draw a line on illegal immigration and others who said it was racist and more about politics than public safety. Hillary Clinton won more votes than Trump in the county in the 2016 election.

Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, prohibits local law enforcement officials throughout the state from asking about immigration status.

The county Board of Supervisors is set to discuss proposals to pass a resolution supporting efforts by the small city of Los Alamito to opt out of California's law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents and a USA government lawsuit against the state.

"Along the way, law enforcement should absolutely co-operate fully within the constraints of federal law", she said.

The move highlights longstanding divisions over immigration in California. Immigrant advocates rallied outside Tuesday's meeting, some holding signs with slogans such as "Melt ICE", a reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that enforces immigration laws.

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Authorities in Orange County, California, have started publishing the release dates for inmates from the county's jails to try to help federal agents locate immigrants subject to deportation. "They have the highest taxes in the United States".

Comparing the incident to an oft-used refrain by immigrant rights advocates who complain that deportations separate immigrant families, Robinson told the board: "Kate's family is forever separated from her".

"The legislation specifically prohibited local law enforcement's communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the release of certain undocumented offenders", the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "The law, however, does not limit information that is available to the public".

Immigrant advocates, however, felt the supervisors had taken a step back in the county where, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost a third of the residents are immigrants. On March 6, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging a trio of state laws, including SB 54, violate the Constitution.

But Supervisor Todd Spitzer said the Sheriff's Department started to post the names of all people in jail and their release dates on its website in a move to circumvent the state law. "Will you be able to do the same?"

"The notion that the California legislature is looking to punish our local law enforcement is nonsense", he said.

Officials in Los Alamitos, a community of about 12,000 people 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, raised constitutional concerns about the law and sent letters to other cities seeking their support.

  • Adam Floyd