Ap­peals court rules Hunt­ing­ton Beach bound by sanc­tu­ary law

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News - By AMY TAXIN

SANTA ANA — A Cal­i­for­nia ap­peals court on Fri­day ruled that a state law lim­it­ing po­lice col­lab­o­ra­tion with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion agents doesn’t in­ter­fere with a char­ter city’s right to run its own po­lice force.

The de­ci­sion re­verses an Or­ange County judge’s 2018 rul­ing that cities that cre­ate their own char­ters, like Hunt­ing­ton Beach, have a greater de­gree of au­ton­omy.

The sea­side city of 200,000 peo­ple sued claim­ing that Cal­i­for­nia’s so­called im­mi­grant sanc­tu­ary law in­ter­fered with its author­ity to en­force lo­cal laws and reg­u­la­tions.

Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra wel­comed the rul­ing.

“We’ll con­tinue to do our part to up­hold our state’s laws that work to en­hance trust be­tween law en­force­ment and the com­mu­ni­ties they serve,” he said in a state­ment.

Cal­i­for­nia en­acted the law fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s crack­down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. It was hailed as a vic­tory by im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates seek­ing to en­cour­age im­mi­grants to trust in lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers and re­port crime.

But crit­ics de­cried the law, say­ing it makes it harder to de­port im­mi­grants who com­mit crimes and leads law en­force­ment to re­lease them back into com­mu­ni­ties.

In Cal­i­for­nia, some cities have their own char­ters and oth­ers fol­low the state’s gen­eral law. Hunt­ing­ton Beach ar­gued that cities that cre­ate their own char­ters to have a greater say over lo­cal af­fairs shouldn’t be sub­ject to the law since it re­lates to lo­cal polic­ing.

Michael Gates, Hunt­ing­ton Beach’s city at­tor­ney, said he will dis­cuss the rul­ing with city of­fi­cials and may con­sider tak­ing the case to Cal­i­for­nia’s Supreme Court.

He said he wants to fight on be­half of char­ter cities, oth­er­wise, “the State will even­tu­ally lit­er­ally be able to dic­tate ev­ery as­pect of lo­cal gover­nance, which would ren­der lo­cal gover­nance point­less.”

Jes­sica Karp Bansal, a se­nior staff at­tor­ney at the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, said the rul­ing un­der­scores that how im­mi­grants are treated is a statewide con­cern.

“It is a very straight­for­ward ques­tion: Is there a pub­lic in­ter­est the state has in reg­u­lat­ing this? And the court is like, of course,” she said.

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