California town declares itself exempt from state's sanctuary city policy

As reported by the Chicago Tribune on April 17, 2018

"After a peaceful but noisy confrontation Monday by demonstrators on both sides of the issue, the Los Alamitos City Council began hearing hours of public comment on whether it should enact an ordinance exempting the city on grounds that the state's policy is unconstitutional. The council approved the ordinance late Monday night in a 4-1 vote.

The city of 12,000 argues that the federal government — not the state — has authority over immigration.

It's the same argument made by the Trump administration, which sued California last month. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in San Diego County — a region of more than 3 million people that borders Mexico — will meet to consider joining that suit.

At least nine other Orange County cities and the Board of Supervisors have passed anti-sanctuary resolutions or voted to join the lawsuit. Los Alamitos is the only city that has passed an ordinance.

In Los Alamitos, tensions were high as hundreds protested outside City Hall. About two dozen police officers from the city and other nearby departments kept minor skirmishes from escalating as people from both sides shouted and sometimes went nose-to-nose with each other, The Orange County Register reported."