Judge rules sanctuary suit against Los Alamitos may proceed

CALIFORNIA — In Orange County, a last-minute ruling has canceled a court hearing on the issue of anti-sanctuary cities.

For those in favor of California’s sanctuary state policy, it was welcomed news.

On the eve of a court hearing to determine if the city of Los Alamitos can dismiss the case filed against them by the ACLU, a judge issued a tentative ruling that the ACLU’s lawsuit against their anti-sanctuary ordinance can proceed.

“The residents of Los Alamitos, we are very pleased that they will have their day in court the judge is indicated he will deny the city’s motion to dismiss the case,” said Jessica Bansel.

Last April, the Los Alamitos city council voted to opt out of California’s sanctuary state ordinance, or SB-54.

The hearing scheduled for Friday was cancelled, and a new court date is expected to be set.

Los Alamitos is home to some 11,000 residents.

Filipinos in the area have been on the forefront of the debates, which saw a series of protests both for and against the ordinance that declares that the city will not abide to the sanctuary laws that protect undocumented immigrants.

The actions of the city council had even prompted an invitation to Washington DC from President Donald Trump, who pledged his support to the local governments taking a stand against the sanctuary movement.

One supporter of President Trump’s anti-illegal immigration policy did show up to the press conference to express his sentiments against illegal immigration.

While several other cities had passed their own resolutions denouncing California’s sanctuary state law, Los Alamitos is the only one facing legal action.

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