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Ignited by Los Alamitos vote to nullify California’s Sanctuary State Laws, the whole of Orange County voted on a resolution to also defy the state.
The resolution came from Governor Jerry Brown’s original signing of SB 54 which prohibited 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, according to KTLA.
Orange County’s all Republican board of Supervisors voted unanimously to accept the resolution Tuesday, March 28, 2018, according to The VC Star.
“These state laws are preempted by federal law, 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 it’s contrary to federal law,” said Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Protesters gathered outside the Tuesday meeting bearing signs saying “Melt ICE,” a reference to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the US Department of Homeland Security, according to The VC Star.
Citizens in Orange County are now in a county-wide debate over the proposed resolution, with local democrats staging protests in the Southern OC area over the possible decision to nullify the state’s sanctuary laws, according to the OC Register.
Cities currently supporting the resolution include Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo. They are also the only cities that have voiced their opinion on the subject so far, according to Los Angeles Times.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County and we need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County, and that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants,” stated Nelson, as reported by OC Register.
This isn’t the first time that Orange County has attempted to fight the Sanctuary Laws, with a failed Proposition 187 back in February. If passed, it would have denied things such as public schools and healthcare to known illegal immigrants,according to KTLA.
Costa Mesa lead the charge in the early 2000’s with their anti-day labor laws and the rest of the county seems to be following suit, according to KTLA.