California City Votes to Sue State Over Sanctuary Law

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The city of Huntington Beach voted Monday to sue the state of California over a so-called sanctuary law limiting cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration enforcement.

After more than 100 people spoke about immigration, The Orange County Register reported, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6-1 in favor of suing the state.

“We hope that a majority of our colleagues will agree with Mayor pro-tem Peterson and I that we want the city attorney to file a suit against the state of California to exempt us from SB54,” Mayor Mike Posey said.

On social media, video emerged of people chanting “USA” at the council meeting:

“We’re not going to be writing an ordinance, we’re not going to be doing something like that. We’re suing on the constitutional overreach grounds,” he added.

The vote came as President Donald Trump’s administration took a tougher stance on sanctuary policies and, specifically, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California.

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The DOJ pointed to three California laws that, it claimed, “obstruct enforcement of federal immigration law and harm public safety.”

Huntington Beach wasn’t alone in pushing back on California law. Los Alamitos voted last month to exempt itself from the law.

Those efforts will likely face resistance, as Attorney General Xavier Becerra indicated he would force compliance with the law.

“State law is state law. It’s my job to enforce state law, and I will do so. We want to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understands what state law requires of the people and the subdivisions of the state of California,” Becerra said.