The issue of “sanctuary city” laws will go before the Westminster City Council when it meets on Wednesday.
Councilwoman Margie Rice is asking the council to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s legal efforts against new California’s laws that the federal government feels interferes with enforcement of immigration laws.
Several area city councils – including Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley – have voted either to join the state’s lawsuit, or file an amicus (friend of the court) brief or both on its behalf.
Fullerton has decided against such actions.
Those council meetings have been loud and long – the Huntington Beach council devoted over four hours to the subject last week – and have brought out advocates of both sides from across Orange County and even from out-of-state.
According to the city, in the federal lawsuit, three California “sanctuary city” laws are cited and have these effects:
- AB 450: Prohibits private employers from cooperating with federal immigration officials and requires that such employers notify employees in advance of a potential worksite inspection;
- SB 54: Prevents local law enforcement from providing information to federal authorities about the release date of undocumented immigrants who are in their custody and bans the transfer of these “criminal immigrants” to federal custody.
- AB 103: Creates a state-run inspection and review of federal detention of immigrants held in facilities under federal contracts.
The council meets in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. at 7 p.m.