Huntington Beach City Council Moves Toward Suing California Over ‘Sanctuary’ Law

Huntington Beach plans to file a lawsuit against California and the state attorney general to challenge the legality of state mandates that expand protections for undocumented immigrants.

Huntington Beach joined a group of other Orange County cities — as well as the Board of Supervisors — in fighting the sanctuary state movement. Fullerton will consider similar action tonight.

City Attorney Michael Gates said he would file the suit this week after the City Council gave its approval Monday night on a 6-1 vote. Councilwoman Jill Hardy dissented.

Huntington Beach joins a wave of opposition in Orange County to California's "sanctuary state" laws, such as Senate Bill 54, which in many cases prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal officials when immigrants in their custody who may be subject to deportation are about to be released.

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