Lawsuit against Los Alamitos’ anti-sanctuary law moves forward

As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News

A lawsuit against an Orange County city that has opted to “exempt” itself from California’s controversial sanctuary law will move forward, a judge ruled Friday.

Orange County Superior Court Judge William Claster denied a motion to dismiss the case against Los Alamitos but agreed with the city to remove both the city manager and the police department as defendants.

Los Al, as it’s known to its residents, created an ordinance last April to opt-out from a new law called the California Values Act, which limits cooperation between local and state agencies with federal immigration agents. Two days later, the newly formed group Los Alamitos Community United, Rev. Samuel Pullen and local resident Henry Josefsberg sued the city.

The ordinance, they argued in the lawsuit, will cause “imminent and irreversible harm” to immigrant communities in Los Alamitos and surrounding cities.

The judge’s order denying the city’s request for dismissal “is the second legal blow for Los Alamitos’ anti-sanctuary ordinance,” said Jessica Karp Bansal, litigation director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which along with the ACLU and another law firm is representing the plaintiffs.

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