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Judge sides with Huntington Beach in anti-sanctuary law case

The city of Huntington Beach sued the state of California earlier this year, arguing that as a charter city, it should not have to comply with the so-called state sanctuary law. An Orange County Superior Court judge sided with the city this week.
The city of Huntington Beach sued the state of California earlier this year, arguing that as a charter city, it should not have to comply with the so-called state sanctuary law. An Orange County Superior Court judge sided with the city this week.
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A Orange County judge has sided with the city of Huntington Beach in its argument that it should not have to abide by California’s sanctuary law, which limits police cooperation with federal immigration officials.

The city sued the state in April over the law, S.B. 54 , which took effect last January.

The judge ruled that as a charter city, Huntington Beach does not have to comply. California has 121 charter cities, which have more control over their municipal affairs than general law cities.