SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego County executives voted Tuesday's Trump government ruling on a California law restricting cooperation with federal immigration, in the midst of a conservative backlash against the so-called Sanctuary -Move.
The Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors decided to order the district attorney to appoint a friend of the court to support the administration's action on the first available opportunity, which is likely to be appealed. Board Chair Kristin Gaspar said.
The 3: 1 vote during a closed session with one of the five absentee supervisors followed by a one-hour public hearing on the subject.
Outside, protesting protesters rallied peacefully and carried signs with slogans such as "Sanctuary Cities Make Us Safer" and "We're All Immigrants."
The action followed by leaders of California's second-largest county A similar action was taken last month by the Republican board of directors of neighboring Orange County districts, the state's third-largest district.
The Orange County Los Alamitos Town Council went even further on Monday evening, approving a decree to "free" the city of some 12,000 people from state sanitation law.
The city of San Diego is considered the second largest city in California and, together with the adjacent Mexican city of Tijuana, is the largest cross-border urban area between the United States and Mexico.
California moved to the head of political opposition to Republican President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration after last year's adoption of the first statewide bill to restrict local law enforcement on deportation.
The measure prohibits state and local authorities from detaining undocumented undocumented immigrants for longer than would otherwise be necessary for the admission of US immigration officials. It also prohibits the police from regularly inquire about the immigration status of persons being detained in an investigation or at traffic stops.
But the law, known as the SB-54, allows local police to notify the federal government if it has arrested an undocumented immigrant with a crime and grants immigration officers access to local prisons.
The Trump government has sharply criticized California law and similar sanction regulations passed by local governments across the country. They said they threaten public safety by protecting criminals who should be deported.
Supporters of the Sanctuary disagree with the fact that police co-operation in deportation actions undermines community confidence in local law enforcement agencies, particularly Latinos, and that Trump's crackdown on some immigrants is due to minor violations.
The US Department of Justice sued California on SB-54 in February, claiming that the federal law would anticipate the law, in a move denounced by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown as a declaration of war on his state.
Since then, local politicians in a number of more conservative cities and counties in California have pushed back against the Sanctuary Movement, which approves resolutions in support of the Trump Administration suit.
Jennifer Mcentee reporting in San Diego; Writing by Steve Gorman; Arrangement by Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman