More California cities may join fight against state's pro-illegal immigrant policies

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took legal action against the state last month, targeting three state law statutes concerning illegal immigrants.

Gaspar said that sanctuary city laws have "people really charged up and it's not all one-sided". And just last week, the Orange County cities of Orange, Westminster, and Newport Beach voted to add their voices to the growing chorus of those opposing California's sanctuary state status. To officially approve the motion, the council of Los Alamitos will have to vote again on Monday.

Another - and even bigger - shoe may drop on Tuesday, as the San Diego County Board of Supervisors - California's second largest county, representing 3.2 million residents - decides whether or not it will join other California counties in backing the state's unsafe sanctuary laws.

Tipping Point? Resistance Growing to California's Dangerous Sanctuary Policies
More California cities may join fight against state's pro-illegal immigrant policies

The growing opposition to SB 54 and other extreme sanctuary policies comes on the heels of the Trump Administration's lawsuit against the state, which could potentially "claw back" targeted law enforcement funds from states and local jurisdictions that violate federal sanctuary laws.

The city of Escondido in neighboring San Diego County has recently voted to support the lawsuit along with the small city of Ripon in the state's Central Valley.

"The mobilization that could come from introducing immigration debates into county political races may be a critical element in a year like 2018 when Democrats will likely be more mobilized than Republicans", said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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