The Los Alamitos City Council voted to move forward on an ordinance exempting the city from Senate Bill 54, a state immigration law that took effect on January 1, 2018 and allows local law enforcement officials to not turn over suspected undocumented immigrants in their custody to federal immigration agents.
State leaders defended the law as a compromise, saying federal agents and officers are still allowed to do their jobs, but they can not pressure local authorities to cooperate.
The council went one step further, the Register reported. "This council is looking out for the constituents in our city", he said.
Opinions varied widely among those at the council meeting. "We're in an era of open bigotry".
"If you could build a big, attractive wall along the 605 (Freeway, ) even though that would inconvenience me tremendously, I would give you a thumbs up", Long Beach resident Janet Wess told the council, according to the Register. "I live here and I couldn't be prouder", said Chris Cornell, 57, one of the residents waiting outside quietly while a screaming match ensued nearby.
Kusumoto and Edgar joined council members Shelley Hasselbrink and Richard Murphy in support of the new local law.
Samantha Reed, 19, a UC Irvine freshman who graduated from Los Alamitos High, told the council that she won't forget election-time if members vote for the proposed ordinance. "If I violate that law, I can be held personally liable in a civil lawsuit for violating that state law", he said. The debate brought people in from other cities and counties who are opposed to the state law.
"We disagree with Sacramento on a lot of things".
"About 160 people showed up to Monday's regular City Council meeting, a monthly event that rarely draws enough people to fill the 40-seat chamber". For these reasons, I cast the lone vote against the ordinance.
Although Chirco did not mention them by name, he is also likely anxious about the ACLU's threat to take legal action against the city. Councilman Mark Chirco voted against it, saying adopting it would lead to litigation, according to the Register.