This week, the small town of Los Alamitos became the first California city to revolt against the state’s oppressive and illegal Sanctuary laws. In a vote held by the city council on Monday, the town chose not to recognize or enforce the SB 54, which requires local law enforcement officials to flatly refuse cooperation with federal immigration agents. The new ordinance says that the law “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution.”
Conservatives who support the Trump administration’s agenda are hoping that Los Alamitos will show other hotbeds of California Trump supporters that they can control their own destiny, despite the liberal regime in Sacramento.
“Tiny Los Alamitos has kicked open the door,” said California Assemblyman Travis Allen in remarks to the Orange County Register. “Now other cities across California are looking to get on board and stand up against the illegal sanctuary state.”
According to Fox News, city officials elsewhere in the state may be interested in doing just that:
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel said in a statement Tuesday that she plans to present a similar ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.
“I thank the City of Los Alamitos for standing up for its citizens and rejecting the so-called ‘sanctuary’ legislation passed in Sacramento, and I urge the County of Orange and all of our cities to do the same,” Steel said in the release.
Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington said his council will discuss similar action next month.
“It is a great thing what they did,” Harrington told the Orange County Register. “I think they were spot-on, that we take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Buena Park Councilwoman Beth Swift said she will follow the lead as well and will request a discussion on the measure at the next council meeting.
Democrats in the state capital are, of course, talking a tough game, warning officials in Los Alamitos and other rebellious cities that they are risking a lawsuit if they refuse to abide by state law. But those threats could ring hollow to Republican-controlled areas that know they have the power of the federal government (to say nothing of the supreme law of the land) on their side. Already, California is facing a monumental legal challenge to their sanctuary law from the Department of Justice. The DOJ could easily file a brief on behalf of any cities that defy the state’s sanctuary laws.
And once this goes in front of a judge, Sacramento could discover that their precious little laws aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.