The city council in Los Alamitos, Calif., voted on Monday night to exempt itself from the state’s so-called sanctuary law, which limits cooperation between local enforcement and federal immigration agents authorities.
And in the process, the Orange County city of fewer than 12,000 is aligning itself with a harder line on immigration than the more liberal policies adopted elsewhere in California.
The council’s chambers were packed with people supporting both sides, as the Los Angeles Times reports:
“About 160 people showed up to Monday’s regular City Council meeting, a monthly event that rarely draws enough people to fill the 40-seat chamber. Speakers lined up late into the evening to address elected officials, who eventually voted 4 to 1 to approve the ordinance.
‘Sometimes things are bigger than we are,’ said Mayor Troy D. Edgar.
Cheers erupted inside the chamber after the vote, with some shouting ‘Patriots!’ and ‘This is a win for America!’ as others waved pro-Trump flags.”
Councilman Warren Kusumoto said the…