Orange County joins DoJ lawsuit against California's 'sanctuary' 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.

Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, prohibits local law enforcement officials throughout the state from asking about immigration status.

Mr. Trump also notched another victory in Florida, where West Palm Beach agreed Tuesday to allow its police to communicate with federal authorities on immigration, settling a dispute about whether it was a sanctuary city.

State officials say the law does not stop sheriff's deputies from giving immigration authorities access to jails to interview inmates.

Legal experts and immigrant advocates have said cities can't simply opt out of state law as Los Alamitos has proposed doing, and will face lawsuits if they try. "The Orange County Board of Supervisor does hereby reject the effort through state law to violate the Constitution of the United States and instead will comply with the appropriate Federal Laws and the Constitution of the United States and encourage all cities and agencies within the County of Orange to do the same". The board on Tuesday also approved that resolution. Nelson has long criticized resolutions as being relatively toothless and often not having anything to do with county business.

Orange County's bid to join the lawsuit comes after the Los Alamitos City Council voted in favor of "exempting" the city from California's immigration rules in a preliminary poll. The city's action drew a rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has pledged to sue the city if it gives final approval to its ordinance.

Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC reporter who covers south Orange County and Fullerton.

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

The immigration showdown attracted a much smaller number, but still, tempers sometimes flared and passions were high.

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"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. It enacted three laws a year ago to try to thwart enforcement.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has announced that her department will begin publicly releasing information about the release of undocumented immigrants from the county's jails.

A spokesman for the governor's office said it was unlikely Gov. Kevin de León, also weighed in. California voters passed Prop. 187 but it ultimately did not survive court challenges.

But Democratic state senator Kevin De Leon countered: "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".

"The only people [SB 54] protects is criminal aliens who are deportable", she said, adding that lawmakers are "hellbent" on punishing law enforcement rather than criminals. "I'm not a racist". And the state's law sends mixed messages to law enforcement, he argued.

"Our focus is on criminals, not on the community", he said, and reiterated the policy does not mean they will pursue and detain people suspected to be in the country illegally.

On Tuesday the county's board of supervisors voted to join a lawsuit from the Department of Justice fighting policies that the administration says interfere with federal immigration policies.

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

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