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The Santa Clarita City Council will discuss a possible resolution in support of a federal lawsuit against California’s “sanctuary state” laws in the council’s next regular meeting at City Hall Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m.

Councilmembers are focusing on Chapter 495, Statutes of 2017 inSenate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, which repealed state laws requiring local law enforcement jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities.

In its April 10 meeting, the Council asked that the resolution include direction to the City Attorney to file, if and when appropriate, an amicus curiae brief in support of the federal government’s position against Senate Bill 54.

Because the city contracts with Los Angeles County for law enforcement services, the city of Santa Clarita cannot dictate county or local law enforcement policy. The city may, however, lend its support by filing an amicus curiae brief in the federal case, United States v. State of California, filed March 6 in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of California.

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54 into law on October 5, 2017, and it became effective on January 1, 2018.

Among other provisions, SB 54 repealed state law requiring law enforcement agencies to notify federal immigration authorities of a drug-related arrest involving a non-United States citizen.

The new law also prohibits law enforcement agencies from using department funds or personnel to share with federal immigration authorities the personal information and release date of an individual arrested, detained or convicted of a misdemeanor that was previously punishable as a felony, prior to the passage of Proposition 47 in 2014.

Furthermore, the new law authorizes law enforcement officials to share the release date of an individual or transfer an individual to federal immigration authorities if the individual has been convicted of a serious or violent felony, has been convicted within the past five years of a misdemeanor for a crime that is punishable as either a misdemeanor or a felony, or has been convicted within the past 15 years of a specific non-violent felony.

Previously, there were no limitations on when a crime was committed that would restrict release date information.

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Santa Clarita City Council 2018: Councilmen Bill Miranda and Cameron Smyth; Mayor Laurene Weste;’ Mayor Pro-Tem Marsha McLean; and Councilman Bob Kellar.

Here’s more background from the May 8 meeting agenda:

“On March 6, 2018, the United States Department of Justice filed a legal action in federal court against the State of California, citing provisions within three new state laws as being in violation of the United States Constitution and acts of Congress granting authority to the federal government to regulate matters related to immigration.

“The lawsuit highlights the United States Constitution’s supremacy clause, which acknowledges the federal government’s preeminent authority over all matters exclusively reserved to the United States, in this case, immigration.

“In addition to Senate Bill 54, the federal action challenges provisions contained within two other new state laws: Assembly Bill 450, Chapter 492, Statutes of 2017, and Assembly Bill 103, Chapter 17, Statutes of 2017.

“In recent weeks, several counties and cities in California have considered challenging or supporting Senate Bill 54. These efforts have predominantly taken the form of initiating direct litigation or supporting specific positions within currently pending litigation; most notably is the litigation filed by the United States against the State of California outlined above.

“For example, the City of Los Alamitos, a charter city that operates its own police department, adopted an ordinance to exempt the city from provisions contained within the California Values Act and directed its police department to comply with federal law. The City of Los Alamitos has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“The City of Huntington Beach, a charter city and a direct provider of law enforcement services, has filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Senate Bill 54, as interfering with the formal and informal contractual relationship between the City and the federal government regarding immigration issues. The California Constitution provides for certain home rule and control of local law enforcement by charter cities.

“In contrast, the City of Santa Clarita is a general law city, bound by the laws adopted by the California Legislature.

“Santa Clarita is one of 42 cities that contracts for law enforcement services with the County of Los Angeles through the Sheriff’s Department. The city’s contract does not include the ability to dictate policy direction on provision of services by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Those policy directives are reserved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff.

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“As such, the city of Santa Clarita would not be able to put forward the same legal arguments concerning charter city preemption that Huntington Beach, for example, is asserting.

“The opportunity for the city of Santa Clarita to participate in the legal process is limited. As the city contracts for law enforcement services, as opposed to directly operating its own police department, the city does not have the same legal standing as charter law cities, general law cities with their own police departments, or the federal government.

“However, the city would still have the option of seeking to file an amicus curiae brief in an existing litigation specific to challenging SB 54, related to impacts upon the city of Santa Clarita.

“In the United States v. State of California litigation, the city of Santa Clarita could seek to file an amicus curiae brief in support of either the plaintiff’s (United States) or defendant’s (State of California) position.

“The United States is seeking a preliminary injunction that would prohibit enforcement of the new laws while the case is pending.

“The hearing on the preliminary injunction is currently set for June 20. Anyone who wished to file an amicus brief in support of the United States’ position for the preliminary injunction needed to have done so by April 6, 2018. Anyone who wishes to file an amicus brief in support of the State of California regarding the issue of a preliminary injunction must do so by May 18, 2018.

“Assuming that the case will continue after the preliminary injunction hearing (whether the injunction gets issued or not) there will be another round of briefs submitted for the trial, and it is likely that the judge will set a schedule for submitting amicus briefs in support of either party for the trial on the permanent injunction.

“Depending upon the outcome at trial, there may be additional, future opportunities to file amicus briefs in the context of any future appeal in this case.

“Under federal court rules, the judge makes the determination as to whether or not to accept an amicus brief from a particular entity. Based upon rulings in the case thus far, the judge will be seeking briefings that assist the court in understanding issues related to the case beyond the arguments provided by the lawyers of the parties in the case or previously filed amicus briefs.

“As of the writing of this report, a number of briefs have been filed or authorized for filing in support of the United States; including from 16 states, one California county and nine cities.”

Tuesday’s meeting will take place in City Council Chambers, located on the 1st Floor at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita 91355.

Regular City Council meetings are also streamed live on Spectrum Cable Channel 20, AT&T Uverse channel 99, and online. Be sure to catch “This Week in Santa Clarita” prior to each council meeting, or at the city’s YouTube channel.

To view the May 8 agenda online, click [here].

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13 Comments

  1. John Whitlaw John Whitlaw says:

    Please join the rest of the city’s in the law suit

  2. Shouldn’t be a sanctuary state one bit

  3. Dave Rickmers says:

    “Papers, please!”

  4. I hope we join the others who are against sanctuary!

  5. John Chan John Chan says:

    I hope they don’t vote on political pressure and vote to follow the law

  6. William Reel William Reel says:

    What’s to weigh? Law and Order? California is toast when this ILLEGAL garbage is even a issue…(if you work hard and want a return on your tax dollars, get the hell out of this State).

  7. Here we go, down the tubes, I Pray Not 🙏🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  8. Sanctuary City or state shouldn’t even be an issue….totally B.S. Somebody better get a backbone and put an end to this nonsense. No Sanctuary for illegals.

  9. Kathryn Meyer says:

    Since when are we supposed to isolate certain areas for the safe hiding of criminals and illegals? This was a stupid, dangerous idea from the very beginning.

  10. Jon Real Jon Real says:

    Hope they follow federal law!

  11. The confederacy would have loved all of you guys until they realized you support the feds infringing on state sovereignty. Lost in irony.

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