California City Might Reject Sanctuary Law

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

If the state can refuse federal law then why can’t a California city refuse state law?

The smallest California city in Orange County is supposed to vote today on an ordinance that mandates city officials and employees cooperate with federal officials enforcing immigration law. The Los Alamitos ordinance actually states that the sanctuary law is a violation of the Constitution. Some opposition to the ordinance is based on disagreement with that assertion. If the ordinance passes we’ll have to see it the town is sued.

The Orange County Register reports, “Los Alamitos might challenge California over state’s sanctuary law.”

Los Alamitos might try to opt out of California’s new sanctuary law.

The City Council in Orange County’s second-smallest city is scheduled to vote Monday, March 19 on an ordinance that calls for exempting itself from the California Values Act, SB54, a new law that limits cooperation between law enforcement and immigration authorities.

The state law, which took effect Jan. 1, “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution of the United States,” reads the proposed local law.

Stating that council members have taken an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, the ordinance says the council “finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and at the same time be in compliance with the new state law.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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