SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on actions by some local governments considering opposition to a California state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents (all times local):
A small crowd of supporters and opponents of California’s so-called sanctuary law has gathered outside a meeting where the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider joining a Trump administration lawsuit against the state.
The discussion Tuesday follows a vote by leaders of the tiny Orange County city of Los Alamitos to enact an ordinance that seeks to exempt the city from the state law on grounds it is unconstitutional.
Kim Moore of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Coalition says she came to the meeting to convey the message that San Diego is very diverse and supervisors should listen to their constituents.
On the other side, Robin Hvidston of the organization We The People Rising says she opposes the state law because it’s a public safety issue.
The conservative backlash against California’s so-called sanctuary law has taken the form of lawsuits and public tongue-lashings.
But one tiny city in Orange County took the step of declaring itself legally exempt.
After a peaceful but noisy confrontation Monday by demonstrators on both sides of the issue, the Los Alamitos City Council began hearing hours of public comment on whether it should enact an ordinance exempting the city on grounds that the state’s policy is unconstitutional. The council approved the ordinance late Monday night in a 4-1 vote.
The city of 12,000 argues that the federal government — not the state — has authority over immigration.
It’s the same argument made by the Trump administration, which sued California last month. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in San Diego County — a region of more than 3 million people that borders Mexico — will meet to consider joining that suit.