After setback, ACLU asks for stay in lawsuit against Los Alamitos

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Sanctuary lawsuit against the City of Los Alamitos over the city’s vote to reject California’s so-called sanctuary-state law has been put on hold by an Orange County judge at the request of the ACLU, after the judge had ruled against the ACLU in a similar lawsuit.

Superior Court Judge James Crandall approved a stay of litigation on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 which means the case will remain dormant until all appeals have been exhausted and a final decision is made in the related Huntington Beach Sanctuary SB 54 case. Three days earlier, Crandall ruled that SB 54 the new state law did in fact violate Huntington Beach’s constitutional right as a charter city, to establish, regulate, and govern its police force.

The proposed legislation restricts local law enforcement from telling federal authorities when an immigrant in the country illegally will be released from custody or from sharing personal information about an immigrant that isn’t public record.

On April 16 Los Alamitos foemally opposed SB 54, also referred to as the “California Values Act,” which prohibits municipalities from cooperating with federal immigration agents. Two days later attorneys from the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance on behalf of Los Alamitos Community United, Reverend Samuel Pullen, and Henry J. Josefsberg.

Last month the Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos cases were assigned to Judge James Crandall since both address the same argument regarding the constitutionality of SB 54.

Although the ruling does not directly apply to Los Alamitos, it was a victory for charter cities like Los Alamitos.  Mayor Troy Edgar commented, “This is a great development in our fight against sanctuary law and for local control.  We realize that the Huntington Beach case is very strong and they will have the resources to pursue this all the way to the California Supreme Court.  This immediately stops the costs of litigation for the City and we will await a ruling on Huntington Beach’s lawsuit.”

 

 

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