Orange County votes to challenge California's sanctuary law

Marsha Scott
March 29, 2018

In Orange County, leaders of the small city of Los Alamitos recently voted for an ordinance to exempt itself from the state's law while leaders in the county seat of Santa Ana - a self-declared immigrant sanctuary - will consider filing an amicus brief to support California in federal court.

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.

During public comment, Fullerton resident Bethany Anderson said immigrants, statistically, commit less crimes than citizens.

In early March, the Justice Department sued the state of California, alleging the three sanctuary state laws interfere with federal immigration activities and "intentionally obstruct and discriminate" against the enforcement of federal immigration law. Before that vote, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson told Fox News that sanctuary status is unconstitutional and that the supervisors do not want to be affiliated with those laws.

"State law is state law".

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On Monday, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which also opposes the sanctuary state law, began a practice of publishing the dates in which inmates will be released from custody, which the agency said is meant to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. They felt the vote was a step back for a county that had been changing.

The Justice Department has tried to block cities with sanctuary policies from receiving federal grant funding, leading to legal battles across the country. California voters passed Prop. 187 but it ultimately did not survive court challenges.

A number of studies have concluded immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than USA citizens, though a 2009 study co-authored by Vaughan disputed those findings due to "contrary information" and a lack of reliable data.

"We're going after very serious offenders who are in custody of our jail and are being convicted of some very serious crimes", Barnes said.

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"We can not have all the states with different immigration laws". "Will you be able to do that?"

"For them to stand here and lie about who Trump supporters are, is the racist people".

"We can not have all the states with different immigration laws".

"We weren't doing that", he said.

This raises the possibility that people whose charges are dropped could nevertheless fall into ICE custody, critics say.

"Now, the fact that you've been here, 20, 30 years, take it as gratitude and grace and do the right thing: self-deport", Peters said.

Betty Robinson, a Tustin resident and long-time opponent of illegal immigration, thanked the board and recalled the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

De León recalled that Orange County was at the forefront of a move more than two decades ago to restrict benefits to those living here illegally through a state ballot measure, Prop. 187.

The council for the O.C. city of Los Alamitos voted last week to opt out of the sanctuary state status.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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