After the Los Alamitos City Council passed an ordinance Monday night exempting itself from the California Values Act, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel released a statement thanking the city’s leaders for their stance.
“I thank the City of Los Alamitos for standing up for its citizens and rejecting the so-called “Sanctuary” legislation passed in Sacramento, and I urge the County of Orange and all of our cities to do the same.
“Senate Bill 54 is dangerous because it blocks local law enforcement from working with federal authorities to remove criminals from our communities.
“Everyone remembers the tragic murder of Kate Steinle, an innocent 32-year-old woman, in 2015. She was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, who had already been deported 5 times and racked up 7 felony convictions.
“According to press reports, before the murder, ICE officials asked the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to inform them when Sanchez would be released so that federal agents could pick him up. But the sheriff’s department said, in keeping with “Sanctuary City” policies, it does not hold detainees on requests from federal immigration officials unless there is a warrant for their arrest.
“Since Senate Bill 54 became effective on January 1, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ended its federal 287(g) program, under which Sheriff’s Deputies screened inmates and notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the pending release of incarcerated illegal immigrants.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County. Orange County should follow federal law and fully cooperate with immigration enforcement to identify and arrest dangerous illegal immigrants.
“We need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County, and that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”
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In Aliso Viejo, Mayor Dave Harrington said his council plans to discuss similar action at its April 4 meeting.
“It is a great thing what they did,” Harrington said of the Los Alamitos vote. “I think they were spot-on; that we take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
Buena Park Councilwoman Beth Swift said she plans to request at the next council meeting for the issue to be placed on a future agenda for discussion.
Another city that had been discussing something similar, even before Los Alamitos’ vote, is Huntington Beach, according to Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican who represents both Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos.
“Tiny Los Alamitos has kicked open the door and now other cities across California are looking to get onboard and stand up against the illegal sanctuary state,” Allen, who is running for governor, said Tuesday.
We, too, call upon other cities and counties to stand up to Sacramento and refuse to follow their reckless, immoral, and unconstitutional sanctuary laws until we can bring a permanent solution to the voters.