Los Alamitos approves ordinance to opt out of California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law

The city of Los Alamitos on Monday night approved an ordinance to opt out of California’s controversial “sanctuary state” law, in the boldest act of defiance yet by a municipality against Sacramento.

“It is impossible to comply with both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California,” a Los Alamitos city agenda report spearheaded by councilman Warren Kusumoto reads. “In this situation, my belief is that the Constitution of the United States has precedence over the Constitution of the State of California.”

Los Alamitos officials voted 4 to 1 to approve the ordinance. However, it will not be officially voted on until April 16. 

“We are declaring sanctuary from California’s sanctuary law,” Kusumoto, who introduced the legislation, told Neil Cavuto on Fox News ahead of the vote.

The proposal was met with much controversy, as Monday’s meeting saw a line of residents out the door to try and get in. It was divided between supporters of President Trump and a hardline immigration agenda and others aligned with immigration rights activists, expressing their outrage at the measure.

Dozens took to the podium to address the council in support and opposition against the move.

“Keep the pressure up & urge the Los Alamitos City Council to do the right thing. Call, email, attend meetings, rally – your activism is need now more than ever,” the ACLU of Southern California swiftly tweeted following the evening meeting.

Supporters of the measure argue that the California law is unconstitutional because it subverts federal law in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause.

Now, a small Orange County city of around 12,000 residents finds itself at the center of a larger conversation about immigration policies in not just the Golden State – but across the U.S.

Under Senate Bill 54, passed late last year, local law enforcement is prohibited from inquiring as to a person’s immigration status, detaining suspected illegal immigrants for ICE, and from acting as federal immigration agents.

Conservatives and many law enforcement groups argue that “sanctuaries” provide a safe haven for violent criminal aliens, while liberals and immigration activists argue such jurisdictions encourage undocumented aliens to cooperate with police without fear of deportation.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California over its defiance of federal immigration enforcement efforts, intensifying the battle between Washington and the state, which has centered itself as the flashpoint in fights over the Trump agenda.

But with its actions on Monday, Los Alamitos appears to be positioning itself as the “resistance” to the “resistance.”

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  1. Leaving Soon
    Leaving Soon 20 March, 2018, 11:38

    A glimmer of hope form a tiny California town. The US Constitution is on your side! Stand strong!

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  2. ricky65
    ricky65 20 March, 2018, 12:33

    Mutiny in the Neo-Confederacy by rebellious ‘free staters!
    Jefferson Davis Brown and the Dixiecrats will not stand idly by for insurrection!

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  3. Phil Hood
    Phil Hood 20 March, 2018, 12:55

    This is ridiculous. Los Alamitos is probably saying what is obvious. The Feds will win this debate, regardless of the merits of a different immigration policy.

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  4. Samaritan
    Samaritan 20 March, 2018, 13:55

    This is not about constitutions. This is about a costly, unnecessary, inhumane, unchristian way of dealing with people, breaking up families, deporting young people who grew up as Americans. This is shameful behavior. There are better solutions.

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    • Bogiewheel
      Bogiewheel 20 March, 2018, 14:07

      Yes……Respect the laws of one’s Country.

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    • Ghettoman
      Ghettoman 20 March, 2018, 14:11

      Yes, why have any borders at all, give all the illegals driver licenses, free food and housing and let them walk out of court free and clear no matter what felony they commit. Shoot our daughters and walk away unpunished. And you worry about them?? What about the millions of true American citizens, obviously you could care less about them.

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    • Marty
      Marty 20 March, 2018, 14:19

      This is not about deporting the masses of illegal immigrants, this is about taking the criminal element found guilty of murder, rape, robbery and other crimes that create victims of innocent people. Why you would want to keep real criminals here to continue their crimes against citizens is beyond me. If local officials would cooperate with the FEDS then we would be deporting only the bad ones. President Trump has offered to grant over a million DACA people a path to citizenship while the Democrats
      are denying the DACA people the path.

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    • Thetruthwillhurt
      Thetruthwillhurt 20 March, 2018, 16:04

      “Samaritan” you are woefully uninformed! NO one is trying to break up law abiding families, whether they be legal OR illegal. This is about not allowing a rogue State, like California to undermine ICE from getting KNOWN felons into custody, so they don’t continue to victimize U.S. citizens. These criminals, mostly from south of the border, usually reside in neighborhoods of LEGAL latinos, which is who they almost ALWAYS end up victimizing!

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    • Thetruthwillhurt
      Thetruthwillhurt 20 March, 2018, 16:06

      Additionally, you are conflating two issues: the “Young people” you are referring to, are the DACA children, who are currently PROTECTED by court order. Their future lies in the hands of the Democrats, who are willing to jeopardize their status, in order to ‘stick it’ to Trump!

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    • Don
      Don 21 March, 2018, 03:33

      Those who refuse to be ruled by law are destined to be ruled by violence

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    • Leaving Soon
      Leaving Soon 21 March, 2018, 07:12

      What is shameful is that there are so many people like you with a blatant disregard for the law and who are easily manilulated by liberal propaganda. The constitution is what makes the country great and gives you the many freedoms you enjoy. Keep up your mindset and soon those freedoms will be gone.

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  5. Bogiewheel
    Bogiewheel 20 March, 2018, 14:04

    It appears that the State of California is traveling the same road as the southern states of the Confederacy………We know how that ended; Illegals, instead of blacks !!! ………This cabal in Sacramento has no shame.

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  6. Soldsoon@aol.com
    [email protected] 20 March, 2018, 17:58

    Comrades

    This stuff so exciting

    Who has the gaul/brawn to close the gates!!!!!

    With housing, education, energy, health care in tatters and priced to the moon…..

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 22 March, 2018, 09:08

      Hmm. The cadence is very familiar.
      New employee out in the rental yard Uly?
      ..or is Queeg assuming a new identity?

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  7. Bogiewheel
    Bogiewheel 20 March, 2018, 18:27

    “Sanctuary jurisdictions provides a safer environment for the undocumented (illegal) to come forward and report crimes without fear of deportation.”

    I would be attentive to this quote, however, I’ve never seen nor read any data to back this claim.
    Jerry Brown is an obstructionist, he well knows that Obama won in the Supreme Court against Arizona regarding Federal supremacy.

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  8. Dork
    Dork 21 March, 2018, 06:31

    The Democrats haven’t been this exercised and upset since we Took Away their Slaves

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  9. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 21 March, 2018, 07:40

    Good going Los Alamitos tell Moonbeam and Newsom to Go Pound Sand they both belong in prison

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 March, 2018, 09:25

    We has specials on rentals to Los Alamitos!!!! Business gonna gaboom.

    Queeg going wild out in rental yard. Baby and Vicious all over him.

    He brought in two big boxes of churros and a jug of Mexican coffee…….

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  11. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 22 March, 2018, 08:41

    Sanctuary cities and the state of California is in clear violation of Federal Laws but they want to get in good with the Useless Nations and the CFR and the rest of the One Worlders

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  12. Queeg
    Queeg 22 March, 2018, 09:09

    Comrades

    The rental yard is packed!

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  13. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 23 March, 2018, 16:24

    UN not Welcome Snowfakes out of America Now

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  14. Doink
    Doink 27 March, 2018, 08:59

    Glad to see not all of California is bat shit crazy.

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  15. Generate electricity at home
    Generate electricity at home 1 April, 2018, 13:05

    Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god. Wandering, wandering in hopless night. Out here in the perimeter there are no stars. Out here we IS stoned. Immaculate.

    zerohedge.com
    Exposing The Core – Peeling Back The American Political Onion
    TDB’s blog
    9-11 minutes

    Authored by Dr.D via Raul Ilargi Meijer’s Automatic Earth blog,

    Dr. D. peels the American political onion to get down to what it’s all about. I’m impressed. He explains America better than just about anyone. Turns out, there ain’t much left. So yeah, what happened?

    * * *

    Dr. D: The news cycle runs so frenetically it’s easy to lose track of the bigger tide. Let’s go back a week and look at something the Automatic Earth has been talking about since the beginning.

    This weekend at a speech in Mumbai, Hillary Clinton said:

    “If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won. …I win the coast…

    I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”

    There are many ways to look at this: for one thing, by number, over 90% of the counties are Red. Yet over 50% of the population is concentrated in the cities and Blue counties. Clinton officially won the popular vote. Yet the United States has always had a geographical Electoral College system. A compromise of representation between small, weak states and strong, large states, and the rules of the 2016 campaign were no mystery or surprise. Yet that’s only the middle-sized picture.

    The Big Picture is Mrs. Clinton saying she’s representing the important people, the right people – even the working people – and that 2/3rds of those people live exclusively in Blue districts on both coasts. While this is arguably true, it wasn’t always true. NYC or San Francisco have always been important, but from their founding until now, places like Dayton, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, or New Orleans were considered vital, important places, places where their own specialty happened: tires or flour, steel or shipping, lumber or mining.

    What Happened? In a way the election was a referendum on “What Happened?” What happened to my community, my country, my area, and all the vital work those long-abandoned areas used to do, what happened to the massive GDP those areas used to contribute, and the answer is simple:

    An organism contracts from the periphery to the core.

    There’s a lot in that statement. As it took decades, even a century to happen, you can see which peripheries were sacrificed first and next, who had power, who didn’t, and how long they could maintain it; and that’s interesting, because it was not East or West, white or black, rural or urban as they might have you believe. There are as many hopeless, abandoned people in Baltimore as there are in Billings, Montana, possibly more, and possibly started far sooner. But if it’s not ethnic or geographical, then what is it?

    An organism contracting from the periphery to the core is a consequence of centralization.

    The Automatic Earth began with discussing the shrinking of the country, of industrialization, in terms of who would receive the ever-dwindling supplies oil and energy, the infrastructure and attention, but that is not necessarily a function of practicality. It is more often a function of political power, and we largely have a political problem and not a practical one.

    The Core has been using their power to attract and concentrate more wealth and more power to themselves and their areas until most of the nation’s wealth and power are concentrated in Clinton’s 2/3rds of GDP, the sub-10% of the counties. All top 10 richest zip codes are now in one region: the Washington D.C. area.

    Economic wealth and power is used to expand political power, further extracting the wealth of the Periphery to maintain the lifestyle of the Core. While this may seem a practical strategy, it isn’t. At one time the Periphery was creating maybe 2/3rds of the wealth of the nation, costing nothing, and that was with no more infrastructure than remains today.

    So when those places are idled, 2/3rds of the nation’s GDP also vanishes, and while the Core can maintain their lifestyle by cannibalizing the remaining energy and attention, the entire nation they are part of only becomes far poorer. So far from the concentration of power making them stronger , it’s making them weaker , as they have a fraction of the former wealth and ability, cohesion and cooperation, men and materials to draw on.

    This leads to the problem she highlights, which is social and political fracturing. With a majority of the wealth pulled to the Core, the Periphery withdraws its economic and social consent in a sense of unfairness that is only validated by further extractions, concentrations, and non-cooperations.

    This can make it more difficult to run even the Core economy as disagreements develop between Core vs Periphery or entitled vs disenfranchised peoples even within the Core itself, leading to a difficulty maintaining compliance, resource supplies, disagreements on how to allocate wealth, support infrastructure, and so on.

    This may seem an engineering issue, but this is also Tainter’s “Collapse of Complex Societies”, where cultures weather many storms, many expansions and contractions, but what causes “Collapse” is the attempt to maintain expensive infrastructure built up during the good times, at the expense of one portion of society. If compromise can be reached, Society survives.

    If a compromise cannot be reached and the Core attempts to force its will via social and military force, the price of compliance becomes too high and fails, and with it, the cooperation, the social contract that makes a people or a nation one unit. It fractures, and when it does, those pieces break up and become, as he says, simpler, Less Complex societies. Less specialized, less concentrated, and less centralized, or by our modern pejorative view, “Primitive.”

    As our American society has measurably less energy since 1974, we have seen the re-allocation and distribution of that energy ring-fenced into an ever-dwindling core of fewer counties, and fewer participants in those counties, and like other complex societies, we have been socially fracturing since that time as well, as fewer and fewer within the system benefit from it.

    There’s much more to unpack in this, but let’s just ask some questions:

    • What makes a “Core”? What constitutes the “Periphery”?

    • Since the Periphery has and could contribute a majority of overall GDP, what inspires the Core to sacrifice it rather than expand their wealth through it?

    • As a metaphor for a bodily process, a biological “contraction” occurs during emergencies such as starvation, freezing, or flight. But would the body really survive if it crippled the legs, lost its fingers, or its hearing to save itself? Contrarily, would the body survive and function if the brain, liver, or heart swelled to 3 times their original size?

    • What is the resource load of a brain or stomach that is 3x larger than necessary?

    • Since from an engineering perspective all parts of a machine must be in working order for it to work at all, what impractical, non-engineering priorities must be established to cause the core and periphery to become so mismatched?

    • How are those impracticalities decided? How are they maintained?

    • Is the deciding and maintaining of inequity and non-function a benefit to the Core? To the Periphery? Both? Neither?

    • Once the Periphery has been sacrificed to the Core, what must happen for them to be re-joined and freely cooperate again?

    • Can this be done? What would have to be sacrificed that wasn’t sacrificed before? By which side? One? Both?

    Mrs. Clinton’s idle quote has meaning. If her places are “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward” then logically the other , the 90% of Red America is “pessimistic, oppressive, racist, dull, lazy, and backwards.” “Deplorable,” if you will. Aside from how this doesn’t seem to be a good pitch to win votes among 90% of voting counties, you have to ask, “How did they get this way?” and “What is your plan to gather your countrymen and make them optimistic, productive, and to work again, and thus help all?” Yet oddly, that was her opponent’s slogan.

    If she’s not asking the question of how to include and elevate everyone, isn’t she really saying “I’m in favor of further enriching my Core at your expense”? And while historically that is indeed a common response to dwindling energy, Tainter warns it may also be one that can collapse both the economy and the society.

    Since large, concentrated societies contract to the Core to protect themselves and their critical assets, those in the core historically won’t offer time or resources to help anyone but themselves: the army, the police, the roads, the tax officials.

    When that is true, you may want to localize, decentralize and maintain your own Core, with your own people, at home. This re-localizing will re-establish the balance of power in the Periphery where most people live.

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  16. Ted S
    Ted S 12 April, 2018, 08:27

    Ya know it’s funny how so called Christians can ignore EVERYthiong that Jesus said and did— Jesus gave all sanctuary!

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  17. Leaving Soon
    Leaving Soon 12 April, 2018, 09:04

    Typical Lib-can’t argue any points so goes for the Christian bashing. Sorry, not buying it.

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    • Rev Ted
      Rev Ted 13 April, 2018, 20:33

      Oh , yes, You’re buying it little buddy. Christians in the US are frauds— What Jesus Christ would do with santuary is way beyond dispute….but thanks for playing!

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      • izraul
        izraul 14 April, 2018, 18:17

        Tell me about it. Christians in the US are beyond help. How can they read the Bible and still think he was Jewish? He despised Jews, even chased them from the temple. Try telling a Christian that Jesus was really a middle eastern man who greeted everyone with “Asalamualykum” (peace be upon you in Aramaic) and prayed on his face… the look you’ll get is comedy.

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        • Rev Ted
          Rev Ted 15 April, 2018, 18:05

          Izraul— Sorry— wrong……Jesus loved Jews and non Jews alike– you included— his entire message was love amigo—— relax— you’re loved…..

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