The city council of Los Alamitos, California passed an ordinance essentially opting out of adhering to the “California Values Act,” better known as the Sanctuary State law. They also voted in favor of submitting an amici brief supporting the federal government’s position in the case of the United States vs. California.
Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto introduced the proposed ordinance, properly calling state legislators “bullies.”
Kusumoto, 57, an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, said he believes state legislators looking to protect people living illegally in the country have overstepped their boundaries and placed him and other local elected officials in a quandary, he said.
“I look at the U.S. Constitution. I look at the state constitution. I look at the SB-54 law as it was amended, and then I looked at California government code – and I said ‘We can’t comply with this,’” Kusumoto said. “I’m no lawyer, but I feel these things are in conflict.”
“This is our way of going on record saying, ‘We’re going to comply with the U.S. Constitution’, ” Kusumoto said.
The proposal generated the usual hate from the side of “tolerance.”
— Space Force Airman Robert (@rowast) March 20, 2018
What #LosAlamitos did is totally racist & reminds me of the racist Pennsylvania city called Hazleton.
— Ms. Pinky Stanseski (@undergradwoman) March 20, 2018
#LosAlamitos intentions of siding w #SleazyTrump on the #SanctuaryCity issue, will bring financial downfall to the many businesses in the area when moral ppl stop patronizing them. I, for one, will be missing my most fav #sushi place, but won't spend $ in any #Trump city or state
— Tcck.hig (@5678_cadence) March 20, 2018
And, a threat from the ACLU.
BREAKING: Despite warning from the @ACLU_SoCal, the City of Los Alamitos passed 4-1 a proposed ordinance that violates their legal obligation to uphold the #CAValuesAct. They also added an amendment to file an amicus brief w/ Sessions' lawsuit against the state of CA. https://t.co/rfLEBYInTX
— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) March 20, 2018
Pro-sanctuary protesters spouted the standard, stale, and deceptive lines, not admitting (or perhaps ignorant of) the fact that these policies mainly benefit criminal illegal aliens, meaning illegal aliens who have committed crimes OTHER than entering this country illegally.
Jump to about 52:00 into this video, and a sanctuary supporter is emphasizing that “criminals” should be locked up or deported.
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) March 20, 2018
He obviously doesn’t understand that repeat criminals are the ones who benefit, like the twice-deported, repeat drunk driver who killed a six-year-old girl almost exactly a month ago just 15 miles down the road from Los Alamitos City Hall.
Kusumoto says his proposed ordinance is not anti-immigrant, and neither is he.
“I’m not anti-immigrant. I recognize we’re a melting pot. I’m proof of that,” said Kusumoto. His grandparents emigrated from Japan to Hawaii, before it became a state.
“This is coming from the heart, from the perspective of a simple engineer.”
Residents of Los Alamitos, a community of about 12,000 people in Orange County, were supportive on Twitter.
I fully support #LosAlamitos. I’m very happy that I own a home there and that’s where my kids go to school!
— Laura (@lalalaura740) March 19, 2018
I love my city ❤??❤??#losalamitos
— Anna Maria (@AnnaDink8) March 20, 2018
— I M Jacob (@jrltexas1) March 19, 2018
The vote and reaction tonight show that there are still Californians, both politicians and ordinary citizens, interested in the rule of law and strongly opposed to what Jerry Brown and Xavier Becerra are attempting to do.