SAN DIEGO (CN) – Despite pleas from dozens of San Diegans Tuesday not to join Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against California’s “sanctuary state” law, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved joining the federal lawsuit suing its own state.
The all-Republican board voted 3-1 in closed session Tuesday afternoon in favor of supporting the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against SB 54, the California Values Act, which restricts local law enforcement officials from collaborating with federal immigration authorities.
Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar, who is running to replace Rep. Darrell Issa in San Diego’s hotly contested congressional race, Vice Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Bill Horn all voted to support the federal lawsuit. Supervisor Greg Cox cast the dissenting vote while Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent on an international trip, but released a memo ahead of the vote “urging” his colleagues “to stay out of this issue.”
The board, which represents San Diego County and its unincorporated areas, directed the county attorney to file an amicus brief supporting the federal government’s lawsuit against California. But because the deadline to file a brief has passed, San Diego County will not be able to weigh in on the lawsuit until a possible appeal is filed later by the losing party to a higher court.
San Diego County joins the north San Diego city of Escondido, Orange County, Los Alamitos and other cities which have turned against their own state’s policies on immigration and policing in siding with the federal government’s legal challenge.
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