(National Sentinel) Civil Disobedience: An increasing number of northern Californians are openly defying the state’s so-called “sanctuary” law for illegal immigrants.
Just days after the small town of Los Alamitos voted to defy the law, which provides what many believe are unconstitutional protections for people in the country illegally, Orange County supervisors may consider a resolution to condemn and perhaps even take legal action against the state over its sanctuary laws.
“These state laws are preempted by federal law,” said Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and its contrary to federal law.
He added that he will bring up the issue in closed session of whether the county should join a federal lawsuit against the state which has been filed by the Justice Department or launch its own suit.
Other cities in Orange County are also beginning to take action and voice grievances against the state’s sanctuary laws. They include Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Mission Viejo.
On Monday Texas, along with more than 12 other states, enjoined the Trump administration’s lawsuit, filing amicus briefs in support.
Nelson was voicing support for a resolution that was brought initially by Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel that condemns the laws. Later, she added wording directing the country’s public counsel to take legal action against the state, the Times reported.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County and we need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County,” she said. “And that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”
The Times noted that the sanctuary law, “SB 54, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed after the Legislature passed it last year, prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal officials in many cases when immigrants potentially subject to deportation are about to be released from custody.”
The Trump administration contends the law is a blatant violation of federal immigration statutes and also the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which states that all state and local laws are subservient to federal law.
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