California county votes to join Donald Trump's 'sanctuary' lawsuit

Mike Mc Coy calls attention to an ICE hotline as motorists drive along Katella Avenue outside Los Alamitos City Hall

Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California's so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the USA illegally.

But Orange County, a rare Republican area amid a wave of blue, has been pushing back against the sanctuary law from within the state. Supervisor Michelle Steel, an immigrant from South Korea, told the crowd that fixing the country's immigration system will take time.

The supervisors' vote follows a move by the Los Alamitos City Council last week to adopt an ordinance that would exempt the small northern Orange County city from SB-54, a California law that limits cooperation between local and state agencies.

The other laws in question are: the Workplace Raid law, or AB-450, which forbids employers from cooperating with federal immigration officials and can fine them if they fail to comply; and the Detention Review law, or AB-103, which allows state officials to inspect federal facilities in California that house people on immigration detentions.

Local law enforcement officials may also cooperate with the deportation of state convicts in prison or inmates in local jails being held for a list of serious offenses, the legislators say.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department has been the beneficiary of tighter immigration enforcement.

Federal officials have said California officials have prevented them from removing unsafe people who are in the US illegally. The California Legislature passed that law in reaction to the Trump administration's stance on immigration.

West Palm Beach is one of 23 cities and states - including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago - that received letters from the Justice Department in January demanding documentary proof of compliance with the law.

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Undersheriff Don Barnes, who is running for the top job, said Wednesday on "The Laura Ingraham Show" that the change is an effort to improve communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who have been stymied by California's "sanctuary" law.

The board's vote on Tuesday was heavily criticized by immigrant advocates.

"We can not have all the states with different immigration laws". You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.

California Democrats also reacted furiously this week to plans by the administration to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, a move that California lawmakers say could spook illegal immigrants from answering - leading to blue states with high numbers of illegal immigrants being underfunded.

"We condemn this hateful and violent action against all our immigrant communities", he added. "We are people that come here according to the rule of law", Peters said.

He added, "This kind of obsessive immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and its residents, and seems created to court the approval of a racist president and his cronies". "I am confident the courts will reject this challenge to SB-54, just as they roundly rejected Prop 187".

"Our focus is on criminals, not on the community", he said, and reiterated the policy does not mean they will pursue and detain people suspected to be in the country illegally.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department on Monday said in a statement that it will publish the date and time when inmates are to be released.

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