Santa Clarita, the first city in Los Angeles County to oppose California’s sanctuary law

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Santa Clarita became the first city in Los Angeles County Wednesday to join the Trump government’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary law. In a unanimous decision taken this morning, the Council voted 5 to 0 to express its opposition to the norms that protect the undocumented and that prohibit the local police from cooperating with the federal immigration authorities.

This city of 180,000 inhabitants, with about 32% of Hispanic residents and located north of Los Angeles, approved after long hours of debate to file a motion of legal support for the federal lawsuit filed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“We have lost agents in this valley (of Santa Clarita),” Mayor Laurene Weste said during her speech in favor of joining the antisantuary movement that continues to grow in California and began in the city of Los Alamitos, in Orange County. “Limiting compliance with the law of one agency to another is an error,” he added.

On Tuesday night the Council of this municipality was full of people waiting for a decision in the meeting room and in the corridors, where many wore clothes and caps with the famous campaign promise of President Donald Trump: “Make States United great again. ”

Those who defended the sanctuary law, such as Alex Reza, a veteran resident of the city, said during their speeches that immigrants made great contributions to the country, both those who had documents and those who did not. “Opposing SB54 is sending a strong message to Latino communities that Santa Clarita is not a family-friendly city,” he said.

It is the first jurisdiction in the county of Los Angeles that joins the rejection actions presented by other cities of the state and by the Supervisory Boards of the counties of Orange and San Diego.

Other cities that have joined the rebellion against SB54 that began in California on January 1 this year include Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Orange, San Juan Capistrano, Westminster, Yorba Linda (in Orange County), Escondido (in San Diego) and Beaumont (in Riverside County).

Meanwhile, there are pending debates on this issue in San Dimas (Los Angeles), Dana Point, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel (Orange), and Murrieta (Riverside).

The law that made California a sanctuary state prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies, including police in schools and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest people for the purpose of to comply with immigration laws.

President Donald trump himself has intervened on the issue by posting numerous criticisms of the Sanctuary City policy on his Twitter account: “There is a revolution going on in California Many sanctuary areas want to get out of this ridiculous concept that reproduces crime Jerry Brown is trying to delay the National Guard at the border, but the people of the state are not happy, they want security and security now!”

However, these opposition measures are almost merely symbolic, since in the case of Santa Clarita, for example, it is a city in which the police officers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department work. state sanctuary laws and policies that protect the undocumented.

“Symbolic policies are part of politics,” he told the Los Angeles Times about this antisocial revolution Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University in Los Angeles.

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