Orange County Supervisors Revolt Against California's Sanctuary Law

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You have been redirected from 24 Hours. California's law is aimed at protecting immigrants from stepped-up deportations under the Trump administration.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to join the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit, which argued three recent California laws deliberately interfered with federal immigration policies.

Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, prohibits local law enforcement officials throughout the state from asking about immigration status. Jerry Brown would react to the move.

The mayor of Aliso Viejo, Dave Harrington, said the city also plans to take similar action at its upcoming city council meeting, the Orange County Register reported.

"My Administration stands in solidarity with the fearless citizens in Orange County defending their rights against California's illegal and unconstitutional Sanctuary policies", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Orange County has always been considered the conservative counterpoint to its famously liberal neighbor, Los Angeles. But the county went blue in the last presidential election for the first time in decades.

The Justice Department, led by Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has sued cities that officially do not cooperate with federal authorities in order to provide "sanctuary" to immigrants residing within their borders illegally. Supervisor Michelle Steel, an immigrant from South Korea, told the crowd that fixing the country's immigration system will take time.

Nelson said he is concerned the state law makes it harder for local law enforcement to work with federal authorities.

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About a dozen people holding American flags and signs reading "Support Our Constitution" cheered the board's actions. But the surge in activism against California' "sanctuary state" laws could complicate those efforts, as may a scheduled referendum on the state's new gas tax, as well as a recall of a local Democratic State Senator who voted for it.

Comparing the incident to an oft-used refrain by immigrant rights advocates who complain that deportations separate immigrant families, Robinson told the board: "Kate's family is forever separated from her". "Our constitutional republic depends on following the rule of law".

The board's vote on Tuesday was heavily criticized by immigrant advocates. "Will you be able to do the same?" The filing in federal court in Sacramento supports the Justice Department's attempt to block the laws.

He added, "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 lawsuit has highlighted longstanding divisions over immigration in California.

The Democratic-leaning city sued the United States government in February, after the Justice Department sent it a letter demanding it hand over documents to prove it was complying with a federal law that requires municipalities to share information with immigration officials about inmates housed in local jails.

Undersheriff Don Barnes cited California's sanctuary legislation, which limits the instances when state and local police agencies can inform federal authorities about an illegal immigrant's release from detention, specifically as a reason for the move.

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