In case you thought all of California had gone crazy, we have this, from Melody Gutierrez, Evan Sernoffsky and Kevin Fagan’s article in today’s Los Angeles Times:
Just more than a week after tiny Los Alamitos voted to defy California’s law protecting immigrants in the country illegally, Orange County is poised to become a counterpoint against the state’s resistance to the Trump administration’s policies.
On Tuesday, Orange County supervisors may consider whether to take up a resolution to condemn and possibly take legal action against the state’s “sanctuary” laws.
“These state laws are preempted by federal law,” Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. “Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and it’s contrary to federal law.”
Nelson said he’ll broach in closed session whether to join a federal lawsuit against the state or launch its own litigation.
Other cities in the county, including Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo are also starting to take action to voice their grievances against the state’s sanctuary laws aimed at protecting immigrants from President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
Are these cities correct in challenging California’s “we don’t give a damn about federal law” position? You bet they are.
I wish them every success…and hope they encourage enough other cities to follow suit that even the arrogant fools in Sacramento will have to think about reconsidering their anarchy.