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San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes in support of lawsuit challenging

first_img Updated: 12:31 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted specifically about the San Diego Board of Supervisors vote. San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes in support of lawsuit challenging California’s Sanctuary Policy Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Regular SD County Board of Supervisors meeting now in session. 400+ people here to give public input on what position the county should take regarding the federal lawsuit against CA’s sanctuary state [email protected] @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/2xBA3aXSxa— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) April 17, 2018center_img Posted: April 19, 2018 Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California’s illegal and unconstitutional ‘Sanctuary’ policies. California’s dangerous policies release violent criminals back into our communities, putting all Americans at risk.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018Nathan Fletcher quickly released a statement in response to President Trump’s tweet praising San Diego County Supervisors for supporting his administration’s lawsuit to overturn what he calls, “California’s pro-immigrant policies.”Fletcher’s statement states:“When Donald Trump is tweeting praise for our County Supervisors, you know change is desperately needed.  It’s clear we need new leaders on the Board of Supervisors who will stand up against Trump’s hateful agenda, not these same Trump Republicans who target immigrants and support his mass deportations.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/987021573977604096Last Tuesday (4/17/18), the County Board of Supervisors voted to file a court brief siding with the federal government in its lawsuit against California’s so-called sanctuary state law.With the vote, San Diego County became California’s most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protecting select immigrants from deportation. The sanctuary state law, SB 54, limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.San Diego County’s approach differs from that of the Orange County supervisors, who voted last month to join the suit. Instead, the San Diego County attorney will draft an amicus brief in support of the case, which will allow officials to offer their opinion without actually becoming involved in the courtroom fight.However, the deadline to file such a brief has passed, meaning the earliest opportunity San Diego County will have to weigh in on the case will be if and when a decision, in this case, is appealed by the losing party to a higher court.“Public safety is our number one priority,” Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said. “Here in San Diego, it’s important to note how our law enforcement’s hands are being tied by SB 54.”Jacob said she has seen a lot of changes along the 50-mile span of the U.S.-Mexico border in her district since she took office in the 1990s.“We used to have people coming across our border who just wanted to work,” she said. “That has changed over the years. It’s changed to the extent where we have people on the terrorist watch list coming across the border.”She later clarified “she was told” of at least one person on a terrorist watch list crossing into the U.S. illegally but was unable to provide details of the case and did not specify who provided her with that information.Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement are allowed to share with immigration authorities information about a person who has been charged with one of 800 crimes, including violent felonies, arson, domestic abuse and other felonies.Supervisor Greg Cox was the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent but said his colleagues should “stay out of it.”As evidence of the support among San Diegans for joining the lawsuit, Gaspar showed reporters the correspondence the supervisors received on the matter. Letters in favor of the county siding with the federal government towered over those written by those who supported sanctuary policies, she said.But during Tuesday’s public meeting, sanctuary state advocates outnumbered supporters of the lawsuit: 17 registered their support of President Donald Trump’s administration and 62 were against it, according to Gaspar. Gaspar appeared on Fox & Friends early Tuesday morning prior to the vote.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The California Values Act (SB 54) does indeed exemplify the values of California,” the Rev. Beth Johnson of Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship told the supervisors. “It makes our communities safer by allowing law enforcement to do their jobs by making community members feel safe to report crimes.”Other supporters of the sanctuary law said it offers protections for immigrant families and helps keep the economy strong by recognizing the contributions of non-citizens, including their payment of taxes and their labor.The threat of deportation causes negative mental health effects on immigrants and their families, said Janet Farrell of the San Diego Psychological Association.“Deportation causes the breakup of families,” she said. “The California sanctuary laws give some protection to the breakup of our immigrant families without compromising the safety of the general population.”Local governments in recent weeks have taken varying approaches to weighing in on the sanctuary state issue, from adopting resolutions to voting to file lawsuits themselves.The city council in San Juan Capistrano, for instance, recently passed a resolution against SB 54. Resolutions are largely symbolic statements of a government’s stance.Aliso Viejo, Escondido and Mission Viejo are among the cities whose leaders have voted to file amicus briefs in support of the Trump administration’s position. Such briefs are often submitted by those who have an interest in a court case but are not parties in the lawsuit.The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted last month to join the lawsuit, while the Huntington Beach City Council voted recently to file its own suit. The Los Alamitos City Council voted on Monday night to “exempt” the city from the sanctuary law.National attention turned to San Diego County as its leaders considered weighing in on the lawsuit. The decision is likely to be a defining moment in the political career of Gaspar, who is running in a closely watched congressional race in a district that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election with just over 50 percent of the vote.The Republican incumbent in the 49th District, Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, is not seeking reelection. In 2016, he narrowly defeated Democrat Doug Applegate, who is among the candidates facing off against Gaspar in the June primary.Related Stories: Click here for KUSI’s detailed analysis of the voteCongressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) supports the county’s action on sanctuary policy and released the following statement regarding the vote:Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today praised members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors who voted to join the federal lawsuit against the sanctuary state laws passed by the State of California.“Today’s action was the very definition of leadership,” said Congressman Hunter.  “In standing up against the irresponsible actions by the State of California, our County Supervisors who supported this action clearly demonstrated that their priorities are protecting those of us in San Diego County and not about politics.  The fact of the matter is, when state and local law enforcement agencies outright refuse to share information to federal officials regarding criminal activity, our communities are unsafe and the rule of law is undermined.  It’s not complicated.”The San Diego County Board of Supervisors met in closed session to discuss its options with regard to joining the federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against the State of California earlier this year in March.  The primary issue focuses on SB54, a state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year and in effect since January 1, prohibiting state and local police agencies from informing federal authorities in cases when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released from local detention.  With this action, the County of San Diego joins municipalities throughout the state, including the City of Escondido, in rejecting California’s sanctuary policies pushed by Governor Brown and the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature.“I have always been, and will continue to be, an advocate for state’s rights, but that’s not the issue,” said Congressman Hunter.  “The U.S. Constitution clearly places border policy and our immigration laws within the purview of the federal government.  State or local governments cannot just choose to ignore federal statutes because of a political agenda, especially when doing so places its citizens at risk by leaving criminals eligible for deportation in our communities.  Our San Diego County Supervisors who took action today deserve our thanks and we need to hold every elected official accountable who does not demonstrate the same the type of leadership.”https://twitter.com/Rep_Hunter/status/986359374632321024Plus, Nathan Fletcher, the candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 4, also released the following statement in response to the County’s decision to join Trump’s lawsuit against the State of California.Nathan Fletcher said: “It’s outrageous that San Diego County Supervisors are standing with Trump instead of standing up for San Diego’s immigrant families.“The Supervisors’ pro-Trump vote today is a slap in the face of hardworking, law-abiding immigrants and is a waste of our taxpayer dollars that should be going instead to expanding protections for immigrants, extending a welcoming hand to refugees and building stronger bonds between communities and police.”We can’t allow Trump’s agenda of targeting immigrants and building walls to succeed in San Diego and it’s never been more clear that we need new leaders on the County Board who will stand up for all our communities and take on Trump’s hate.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/986358794560061440Lastly, the following is a statement from County Supervisor Greg Cox on today’s vote on the sanctuary lawsuit:I voted against the County joining the federal administration’s lawsuit against the State’s California Values Act. As I’ve said before, I believe the problem lies in Washington, D.C. We need leaders in both parties to finally come up with comprehensive immigration reform.This is a very divisive issue in the county, and across the state and nation. The County joining the lawsuit between the federal and state governments is unnecessary because this is an issue that is properly going to be addressed by the federal courts. The Board’s vote is a largely symbolic move that will create fear and divisiveness in our region, waste taxpayer funds and create distrust of law enforcement and local government within many communities.I am proud to represent all the residents of my richly diverse supervisorial district and will continue to stand up for them. April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more