Wednesday evening 60-enraged residents of Escondido, California, voiced their objections on the state’s sanctuary city policy during a town hall meeting before the city council.
Council members listened to the residents before they were to take a vote concerning the Trump admin’s lawsuit against the policy. Many opponents, like US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, say such a policy is unconstitutional and a threat to public safety.
Local reports have said Escondido City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the lawsuit.
“The council decided to file a legal brief in support of the lawsuit, which challenges the legality of three state laws enacted last year. Among them is a statute that limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities,” Fox 5 reports.
The town hall included legal immigrants who were disgusted by the sanctuary policy, which allows local law enforcement to not cooperate with ICE.
“I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother,” said one man wearing a “MAGA” hat. “Forty-five years ago, we were not offered sanctuary. We were not offered an easier, softer way. We were told ‘You have to be an American citizen, and here’s what you have to do.’ And we did it.”
“There is nothing in the Constitution that says that one rogue state can make policies that affect the whole nation,” said another supporter of the Trump lawsuit.
Even the Mayor, Sam Abed, believed support Trump’s lawsuit was the right move. “I was elected mayor to uphold the Constitution and to keep our community safe. I am committed to do that, and that’s what the council did today,” he said.
Those opposing the lawsuit also voiced their opinions.
One sanctuary policy supporter asked, “By deporting my family, is that the reward I get for my hard work?”
California’s own Attorney General Xavier Becerra has strongly opposed the Trump lawsuit and is working against every authority trying to pass it.
A vote will be held on April 17th, according to Fox News Insider, by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors “to determine if the county will follow Escondido’s action.”