Justice Department welcomes Orange County's support in 'sanctuary state' lawsuit

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Likewise, on Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider various possible measures challenging SB 54, ranging from adopting a resolution to suing the state.

The Orange County supervisors' move to oppose the California sanctuary law follows a vote by Los Alamitos, which last week opted out of the policy.

"Senate Bill 54 prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal officials before immigrants in their custody who may be subject to deportation are released", she said in a statement."I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, not the unconstitutional actions of the State of California". "All citizens have the right to be protected by Federal law and strong borders".

California laws that went into effect on January 1 restrain how federal agents go about detaining unauthorized immigrants for deportation in cities throughout the state.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Tom Homan welcomed the move and said the agency continues to seek to cooperate with local law enforcement who want to assist.

Orange County has always been considered the conservative counterpoint to its famously liberal neighbor, Los Angeles.

While Republicans still outnumber Democrats in the county, Democrats have gained significant ground in recent years, and Hillary Clinton won more votes than Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Barnes said immigration advocates misstate the nature of local law enforcement's relationship with ICE. "The law, however, does not limit information that is available to the public". "You may intellectually be incapable of understanding that, but it is factually true", Supervisor Shawn Nelson told the crowd during Tuesday's board meeting, drawing boos and groans from the audience.

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Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, chastised Orange County leaders in a statement Tuesday: "This kind of obsessive immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and its residents, and seems created to court the approval of a racist President and his cronies".

The Orange County Sheriff's Department on Monday started publicly posting the release dates of all inmates through an existing online database.

On Wednesday, Trump announced that the administration stood "in solidarity" with what the county was doing.

Another Orange County city, Buena Park, might also join that movement.

Senate Bill 54, which took effect on January 1, prohibits state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and inquiring about an individual's immigration status.

Republicans still control politics at the county level: All five members of the board of supervisors are Republican.

Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley welcomed Orange County's decision to support the suit over California's "sanctuary state".

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