Los Alamitos City Council approves ordinance to opt out of CA’s ‘sanctuary state’ law

Protesters chant during a May Day demonstration outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco on Monday. Thousands are expected to take to the streets across the United States to participate in May Day demonstrations.

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The city of Los Alamitos on Monday night approved an ordinance to opt out of California’s controversial “sanctuary state” law, in the boldest act of defiance yet by a municipality against Sacramento.

“It is impossible to comply with both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California,” a Los Alamitos city agenda report spearheaded by councilman Warren Kusumoto reads. “In this situation, my belief is that the Constitution of the United States has precedence over the Constitution of the State of California.”

Los Alamitos officials voted 4 to 1 to approve the ordinance. However, it will not be officially voted on until April 16.

“We are declaring sanctuary from California’s sanctuary law,” Kusumoto, who introduced the legislation, told Neil Cavuto on Fox News ahead of the vote.

The proposal was met with much controversy, as Monday’s meeting saw a line of residents out the door to try and get in. It was divided between supporters of President Trump and a hardline immigration agenda and others aligned with immigration rights activists, expressing their outrage at the measure.

Dozens took to the podium to address the council in support and opposition against the move.

“Keep the pressure up & urge the Los Alamitos City Council to do the right thing. Call, email, attend meetings, rally – your activism is need now more than ever,” the ACLU of Southern California swiftly tweeted following the evening meeting.

Supporters of the measure argue that the California law is unconstitutional because it subverts federal law in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause.

Now, a small Orange County city of around 12,000 residents finds itself at the center of a larger conversation about immigration policies in not just the Golden State – but across the U.S.

Under Senate Bill 54, passed late last year, local law enforcement is prohibited from inquiring as to a person’s immigration status, detaining suspected illegal immigrants for ICE, and from acting as federal immigration agents.

Conservatives and many law enforcement groups argue that “sanctuaries” provide a safe haven for violent criminal aliens, while liberals and immigration activists argue such jurisdictions encourage undocumented aliens to cooperate with police without fear of deportation.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California over its defiance of federal immigration enforcement efforts, intensifying the battle between Washington and the state, which has centered itself as the flashpoint in fights over the Trump agenda.

But with its actions on Monday, Los Alamitos appears to be positioning itself as the “resistance” to the “resistance.”

This article was originally published by CalWatchdog.com


  1. Good on you guys!! It’s about time that we stood up to fools such as Moonbeam, Tiene papeles de Leon, and Becerra. It is OK for THEM to violate the law, but not us “deplorables? I pray for the day that US Marshalls throw their sorry asses in jail!

  2. If they need reinforcements, they have their own military base and runway.

  3. The Captive says

    This is the only COMMON SENSE city with the guts to DO THE RIGHT THING! This state is run by people who have NO RESPONSIBILITY AND think it is just fine to scam and run with our taxes – They need to learn to spend wisely and IMPROVE THIS STATE THAT is becoming a 3rd world example. ( run by criminals for criminals of the LEFT)

  4. Adib Ghobrial says

    I congratulate all of you on your courage to make the right decision and do the right thing and don’t follow those crazy liberal government in our ( used to be a great State of California). Those crazy liberal government are ignoring, almost 48% of California conservatives resident that don’t
    agree with their crazy ideas, which caused lots of people to leave California and goes to other States.I sure hope and wish that we conservatives to have our own divided half of California and called Southern California and those liberal to take Northern California. I call upon all Republican conservative Californian to work hard to have our own Southern California with our own government.

  5. It is good to let Jerry Brown and his merry band of followers know that not all of us will follow you over the cliff.

  6. Just another dog and pony show for nothing. It has been clear for some time now that California top political figures are guilty of treason yet NO president of the USA has had them arrested , jailed or tried for the obvious treason that they continue to commit . It is this non action by the Federal Government that screams that they are a part of what is happening and the rest is just a show for us ” folks ” while they destroy what is left of this country and our freedoms.

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