Pockets of California want nothing to do with sanctuary state laws

People opposing

People opposing"sanctuary state attend the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Ana

The Justice Department had earlier welcomed the decision by California's third largest county to join its lawsuit challenging the "sanctuary state" law, officially known as SB 54, that Democratic-governed California enacted late previous year.

Yorba Linda's council, meanwhile, agreed last week to file an amicus brief to the federal lawsuit, and several other cities are considering taking some kind of action to voice opposition to California measures that protect residents living in the country illegally.

The law, known as the California Values Act, prohibits law enforcement officers from asking suspects about their immigration status and sharply limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "It's my job to enforce state law and I will do so", Becerra said at a news conference Tuesday.

Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC reporter who covers south Orange County and Fullerton. All citizens have the right to be protected by Federal law and strong borders.

President Trump on Wednesday said his administration "stands in solidarity" with a California county pushing back against the state's policies offering "sanctuary" to illegal immigrants. "You may intellectually be incapable of understanding that, but it is factually true", Supervisor Shawn Nelson told the crowd during Tuesday's board meeting, drawing boos and groans from the audience.

He said the vote Tuesday was largely symbolic and does not directly undercut the state law.

"By making us a sanctuary city and state, we're doing nothing more than attracting millions more people to come to this country and to consume the very wealth that is necessary for our quality of life", Rohrabacher said.

Trump's tweet comes amid an escalating war of words with the blue state on the subject of illegal immigration.

"What it does do is prevent law enforcement from acting as ICE agents, hunting down and rounding up hard-working immigrants in our communities", he said in a statement to The Washington Post.

This week, the Orange County Sheriff's Department chose to post information about the release dates of all inmates in its jails, including illegal aliens, so that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be able to pick up those slated for deportation.

"My department, however, remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals from our community", she added.

A spokesman for California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown said he was unlikely to react to the move.

But Sen. Kevin De Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles and candidate for U.S. Senate, slammed the move.

"The county that gave us Prop 187 more than two decades ago is at it again with another unconstitutional attack on our immigrant communities".

Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, chastised Orange County leaders in a statement Tuesday: "This kind of obsessive immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and its residents, and seems created to court the approval of a racist President and his cronies". "I am confident the courts will reject this challenge to SB-54, just as they roundly rejected Prop 187".

After the memo was sent, the Justice Department said it was satisfied that West Palm Beach was in compliance with federal laws.

The county also moved this week to improve communication with federal immigration agents by publishing the release dates of inmates online.

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