The City Council of Los Alamitos in Orange County, California, voted on Monday to opt out of the state’s new ‘sanctuary law,’ which provides reinforced protections for illegal aliens against federal immigration enforcement.
After over two hours of passionate debate, the Council voted 4-1 to approve the legislation.
Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto, who proposed the ordinance, was hailed as a “great American patriot” by supporters in attendance who were also wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats and chanting, “Build that wall.”
“This council is looking out for the constituents in our city,” Kusumoto said. “I feel that Sacramento, the elected leaders up there, are bullying us into violation of the oath of office that we took.”
Kusumoto’s bill argues that the new sanctuary law implemented by Governor Jerry Brown on January 1st contravenes the U.S. Constitution – a position also maintained by Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar.
“We really don’t believe in the sanctuary bill and we would like to take a position to state our case and make it clear to our residents where we stand,” Edgar said. “As the mayor of Los Alamitos, we are not a sanctuary city.”
The Orange County Register reports that the council members also opted to take additional action, voting to “direct the city attorney to write an amicus brief to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month against California, alleging that three of the state’s laws are unconstitutional. One of those laws was the same one the Los Alamitos council looks to opt-out of: the ‘California Values Act,’ which limits cooperation between law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities.”
While the law will not go into effect without a second vote next month, it could serve as a galvanizing signal to concerned residents of a state that is currently collapsing under the weight of radical socialist policies that have led to runaway budget deficits, crippling taxation and rampant corruption, an exploding homeless population and drug use, water shortages and wild fires – all of which have precipitated a snowballing mass exodus from the former paradise to more affordable, stable states such as Arizona and Texas.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently issued a shocking warning to California employers that his office would pursue penalties and fines of up to $10,000 if they cooperated with federal immigration authorities. Days later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ had filed a lawsuit against the state of California over its new sanctuary laws.
In the 2016 Presidential election, Orange County voted for a Democratic candidate for the first time since 1936.
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