After five hours of debate, one small city council in Southern California voted to ignore state laws that prevented their own law enforcement from telling federal officers about the release of illegal immigrants from detention.
With the success of this vote, Los Alamitos joins a dozen other California cities that are pushing back against California’s crazy state regulations that roll out the red carpet for illegals at the expense of the Constitution and the rights of American citizens. Now, the ACLU is again demonstrating their liberal bias by threatening to sue the city, and San Diego is also talking about looking into taking the same precautions to protect themselves from illegals.
We covered the situation as it unfolded in Los Alamitos at the end of March to discuss in detail the laws that the city council were looking to block:
The resolution was initially brought on by Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. It condemns the state’s sanctuary laws. She later added wording that would direct the county’s public counsel to take legal action.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County and we need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County,” she said.
The move comes after California’s Sanctuary State law went into effect after being signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in direct defiance to Donald Trump’s push to clean up illegal immigration.
Los Alamitos in Orange County
The vote took place in Los Alamitos, which is located in Orange County in Southern California. The small city has just over 11,000 residents. In total, Orange County is home to more than 3.1 million people and includes within its limits Disneyland, the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.
According to a 2005 study, the county is surprisingly conservative, and listed three cities as being among the top 25 most conservative cities in America.
With a five person City Council, the vote went 4-1 on the site of opting out of a California state law that prohibits both state and local police from information federal law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, about the movements of known illegal immigrants who are facing deportation after being released from a detention facility.
— Cindy Carcamo (@theCindyCarcamo) April 17, 2018
Council Defies ‘California Values Act’
According to the pro-illegal immigration website ‘ICE out of California,’
“The CA Values Act… curtails use of state and local resources from engaging in deportations and create safe spaces, including at schools, health facilities, and courthouses.”
A conservative read of the bill (they provide it in both English and Spanish) shows that the bill restricts local police from continuing to detain illegal aliens if requested by federal authorities, prevents officers from directly asking a person if they are legally in the United States and prevents local government from using their treasuries and police officers to do any work related to “immigration enforcement.”
No group of legal citizens can take steps to protect themselves against criminals and illegal aliens with the American Civil Liberties Union stepping in. The ACLU is clearly taking the side of California while the cities are taking the side of the Constitution.
#LosAlamitos city council votes to "opt out" of the CA Values Act, a blatant violation of the city's obligation to follow a state law that puts our local resources to use for the safety of our communities rather than toward federal immigration agencies.
— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) April 17, 2018
There were protests outside that includes “minor clashes,” according to local media, but things remained peaceful inside the building, even if there were loud cheers and jeers.
San Diego Is Next
Several other small cities have passed resolutions to ignore the California Values Act in order to continue to support their own law enforcement, and the next big fight will be in San Diego. They will decide some time today whether or not they will take action to protect their city, and whether they will join other municipalities in working with the Trump administration on a lawsuit against California’s sanctuary state laws. Gov. Brown has called the lawsuit a “war against California.”
So far, the lawsuit has been supported by cities as well as states including Texas. Local and state governments that support the suit have been submitting amicus briefs on the issue. An amicus brief acts in support of a lawsuit, but not exactly like a witness statement.
According to Cornell Law School’s legal dictionary, an Amicus Brief comes from Amicus Curiae,
“[which is] Latin for “friend of the court.” … Frequently, a person or group who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of influencing the court’s decision.”
I’d say that any city in California would have a strong enough interest to support this lawsuit brought on by Trump.
Sources: Fox News, Govpro, Wikipedia, Cornell Law School