ACLU files lawsuit vs. Los Alamitos anti-sanctuary ordinance
Now that the Orange County city of Los Alamitos has passed an ordinance to opt out of California’s sanctuary state law. Civil rights groups and local residents have responded with their own lawsuit.
Less than two days after, the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, fired back with a lawsuit, personally delivering it to the city clerk.
The lawsuit which lists the group Los Alamitos community united as plaintiffs, claims that the city violated state laws and have put public safety at risk.
“We are therefore asking the court to declare that the ordinance is in violation of California law and order the city to comply with California Values Act,” said Sameer Ahmed.
“Its really with regret that we are joining in this lawsuit. We really had hoped this city council would listen to us and listen to reason and listen to the needs of their local community and do what’s right,” said Monica Glicken.
“I felt a little hopeless after the vote but knowing we can do this and there are options it makes me feel a lot better,” said Michelle Tio.
Several Orange County cities and the OC board of supervisors have also made moves to break away from the state’s sanctuary laws.
Despite the growing number of anti-sanctuary cities, Los Alamitos for now, will be the only one facing legal action.
“Los Alamitos has decided to exempt itself from state law. It’s very different,” said Jessica
Bansel.”It’s not a symbolic action. They’ve actually said to their schools to their health facilities to their police, you are exempt from SB54’s protections and they have actually invited ICE into their communities.”
Local Filipinos have been on the front lines of the sanctuary debate since the council first brought it up last month, City Council meetings have led to a series of heated confrontations between immigrant rights groups that live in Los Alamitos, and anti-illegal immigration activists who come in from outside the area.
While the mayor is not responding to the lawsuit yet, he has begun fundraising efforts to pay for their defense against the suit.