Last night, at the April 2 Huntington Beach City Council meeting, the Council and I listened to more than 100 impassioned speakers, on both sides, to challenge the unconstitutional overreach of SB54 – otherwise known as the Sanctuary State Law. The agenda item written by myself and Mayor Pro Tem Erik Peterson in coordination with our City Attorney, which resulted in a unique approach by the City of Huntington Beach to challenge the State law.
Where other cities have passed local Ordinances, Resolutions, or simply filed Amicus briefs with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we are the first City to directly file a lawsuit against the State. And Huntington Beach’s Charter status grants us a stronger basis to mount such a legal challenge. Mayor Pro Tem Peterson and I both believe in the sanctity of the constitution and its applicability and that all Huntington Beach residents are deserving of protections under the California and U.S. Constitutions.
Our City Attorney is prepared to file the City’s lawsuit against the State and will do so in the next day or two.
Notwithstanding the City’s challenge to the State’s Sanctuary State law, I want our residents, businesses and visitors to know Huntington Beach law enforcement policies remain unchanged.