Los Alamitos City became the latest in a series of Orange County incorporated towns this past Monday to declare itself legally exempt from California’s sanctuary policy.
After a noisy but mostly peaceful meeting, that marked the Los Alamitos City Council hearing hours of public comment on whether the state’s policy is unconstitutional and therefore the city should enact an ordinance exempting it. The council approved the ordinance in a 4-1 vote.
The city of 12,000 rightfully argued that it is the federal government — not the state — that has authority over immigration. Nine other Orange County cities and the county’s Board of Supervisors have passed anti-sanctuary resolutions or voted to join a lawsuit but Los Alamitos is the first city to pass an ordinance recognizing the Federal Government’s right to overrule Sacramento.
Los Alamitos City mayor Troy Edgar, who voted for the ordinance, said he had let an official of ICE know that the city would welcome the agency saying, “We would love to host you.”
A growing number of larger California cities are preparing to vote on measures that back the Trump administration’s lawsuit against Governor Jerry Brown and the state of California for unconstitutionally refusing to comply with ICE in its efforts to deport illegals.
Further south of Orange County and flush up to the U.S./Mexico border is San Diego County and its 3 million citizens. The Board of Supervisors in San Diego County is set to vote on joining the suit this week.
California’s all-Democratic leadership seems determined to let its own citizens pay the price for swinging its doors wide open to the flood of illegals that is about to overwhelm it. Government leaders at the state level and in larger cities have condemned deportation efforts and mass raids, the president’s call for a border wall with Mexico.
The governor has openly denounced and defied Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” order that allows prosecuting people who are caught entering the United States illegally for the first time.
Huntington Beach city Mayor Mike Posey and Councilman Erik Peterson say they intend to follow the lead of Los Alamitos and other cities to “seek relief” from state mandates that have expanded protections for undocumented immigrants.
Posey said in a new release that illegals “represent a threat to public safety.” He added:
“In order for the city to maintain our superior record of public safety, we have been exploring options to ensure your safety and maintain local control, while at the same time, fulfill our oath of upholding the Constitution.”
State Senate leader Kevin de León (Dem-Los Angeles) wrote SB 54, the bill cities like Los Alamitos City and Huntington Beach oppose. He warned that cities opposing the state’s sanctuary laws are:
“Pushing a racist and anti-immigrant agenda devoid of facts or supporting legal analysis is a pretty sad use of taxpayer resources, especially when it could result in crippling legal costs for cities that rush to join this dead-end effort.”
It’s no secret that Orange County is an island of red sitting in a swamp of blue but it appears its residents have decided to say no to Los Angeles and Bay area elites who are far removed from the effect of the drain illegals cause to smaller communities like Los Alamitos City.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 in March to fully support the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California. Supervisor Shawn Nelson noted, “This legislation prevents law enforcement from removing criminals from our community and is a threat to public safety.”
Orange County had previously made efforts to comply with federal immigration authorities by publishing the release dates of inmates online. Unlike Oakland’s mayor who warned illegals with records that ICE was on the way, the people of Orange County welcome the Federal Government’s enforcement of the law.
The Mission Viejo City Council voted to support Los Alamitos City and join an amicus brief in support of the federal government’s lawsuit against the state. The city council said it “believes this legislation is a threat to both local control of businesses in the state and the individual liberty and public safety because it prevents law enforcement from performing their duties as necessitated by local circumstances.”
There is no doubt that the money and numbers are behind Jerry Brown at least for now. But one thing is certain, more of his citizens than he counted on have had enough his political posturing.
~ Freedom News Report