Judge denies California’s request to postpone Huntington Beach lawsuit over ‘sanctuary state’

As reported by the OC Register

A lawsuit filed by Huntington Beach against California will be decided sooner rather than, as the state wanted, later.

On Thursday, July 19, Orange County Superior Court Judge James Crandall denied the state’s request for a delay in its battle to preserve sanctuary laws.

The date for a hearing was set for Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, signed into law last year, limits interaction between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials — with exceptions, including cases that involve violent or “serious” felonies.

Filed in April by Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates, the lawsuit claims SB 54 unconstitutionally interferes with the city’s charter authority to enforce local laws and regulations, including the operation of the police department.

Huntington Beach is one of 121 charter cities in California. Voters decide whether they want their city to operate under its own charter, which allows greater control over “municipal affairs” such as how it conducts elections and deals with its employees.

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