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Huntington Beach is the latest city to sue state over 'sanctuary' law

Huntington Beach is the latest to take action over the law passed by California's Democratic legislature to fend off the Trump administration's stepped up deportations.
Huntington Beach is the latest to take action over the law passed by California's Democratic legislature to fend off the Trump administration's stepped up deportations.
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Huntington Beach city leaders have voted to oppose a state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents.

The Orange County Register reports the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6-1 late Monday to sue the state over the so-called sanctuary law.

The city of 200,000 people is the latest to take action over the law passed by California's Democratic legislature to fend off the Trump administration's stepped up deportations.

Last month, Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey released a statement, calling the state's recent sanctuary policies "a threat to public safety."

"In order for the City to maintain our superior record of public safety, we have been exploring options to ensure your safety and maintain local control, while at the same time, fulfill our oath of upholding the Constitution," Posey said.

Orange County leaders voted last week to join a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against California while councilmembers in the small, nearby city of Los Alamitos are seeking to exempt the community from the measure.

Huntington Beach is nicknamed "Surf City" and located about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the mayor of Huntington Beach. The mayor is Mike Posey.