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Court rules in favor of Huntington Beach, says California sanctuary state law violates rights of charter cities

Sep 28, 2018

Huntington Beach, CA – On Thursday, Orange County Superior Court Judge James Crandall ruled that SB 54 unconstitutionally violates the rights of charter cities in the State of California. SB 54, enacted by the California Legislature, prohibits local governments from cooperating with federal immigration officials. Judge Crandall issued an injunction to stop implementation of that law.

On this welcome news, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement:

“I applaud the Huntington Beach City Council and City Attorney Michael Gates for their great victory for Huntington Beach and their courage for taking on such a volatile issue. This court case was a huge setback for supporters of sanctuary policies. This law was forced down the throats of Californians, and dramatically undermined their safety and security. If cities and counties want to cooperate with ICE or other federal law enforcement, they have a right to do so, and I support the judge’s decision. Those who advocate open borders and shield people who break our immigration laws put into question whether they are on the side of the American people. They also disrespect legal immigrants who obeyed our laws and have been welcomed into the American family.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Rohrabacher, long an opponent of illegal immigration, urged various city councils in his district to challenge SB 54.