OPINION | Barry Richard: Citizens Fight Sanctuary Laws
The deplorables are fighting back. The Town Council in Los Alamitos in Southern California has voted to defy the state's new sanctuary state law that took effect in January. The 4-1 vote by the council sets up a final vote on the matter in about a month.The new law, among other things, prohibits state and local police agencies from informing federal authorities in cases when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released from detention. The ordinance which passed through first reading last night states the California law “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution.”
The only council member to vote against the measure did so out of fear of a costly legal battle with the state. Residents are hoping the U.S. Department of Justice will stand with them as they defy the new state law.Some see this as potentially the first step of a much larger revolt against the Golden State's ruling class.
Here's hoping Los Alamitos has ignited a movement that will see citizens stand up and take back their communities from those who choose to put the protection of illegal immigrants against the safety and well-being of their own.