First it was the small town of Los Alamitos, which voted earlier this month to reject California’s new sanctuary laws and continue to cooperate with federal immigration officials. But if Sacramento’s Democrats felt okay about ignoring what one, insignificant town wanted to do in their little city council meeting, they will be less inclined to ignore the latest shot at their ridiculous policies. Because on Tuesday, officials in Orange County voted 3-0 to join the Trump administration in a lawsuit against the state government.
Now it’s on.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has already proved that he values illegal immigrants far more than the actual citizens and voters of his state, said in a news conference that cities and counties that did not abide by the sanctuary policies would set themselves up for litigation.
“State law is state law. It’s my job to enforce state law and I will do so. We want to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understands what state law requires of the people and the subdivisions of the state of California,” Becerra said.
At the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting at which the vote took place, county officials echoed Los Alamitos councilmen in saying the sanctuary laws put them in conflict with federal law, which has supremacy.
Not only that, said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, it was an obstacle to police.
“This legislation prevents law enforcement from removing criminals from our community and is a threat to public safety,” said Nelson.
This is the second move the county has made against the state government. Earlier this week, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that they would begin publishing the release dates of inmates online. This would conceivably allow ICE to see when they would need to be at the county jail to pick up and deport criminal aliens.
“SB 54 makes local law enforcement’s job more difficult and requires bureaucratic processes that could allow dangerous individuals to fall through the cracks of our justice system,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “My department, however, remains committed to cooperating fully with federal authorities in all areas where I have discretion to remove serious criminals from our community.”
If we had to predict how this will go, we’d guess that some inane federal judge on the Pacific Coast is going to declare SB 54 “just fine” and accuse the Trump administration of overstepping its bounds. Ultimately, though, it will be decided by the Supreme Court, and it will be decided in favor of the Justice Department. How could it be otherwise? California has essentially declared itself exempt from federal law. That may sound lovely to all the liberal activist judges, but it doesn’t fly back in RealityWorld.
In the meantime, we’ll be interested to see how many of California’s cities and counties join the OC and Los Alamitos. We think it may be more than Sacramento was prepared for.