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Orange County has become the epicenter of the resistance against California




An immigration detainee stands near an US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grievance box in the high security unit at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which also houses immigration detainees arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE), March 14, 2017 in Orange, California, about 32 miles (52km) southeast of Los Angeles. 
US President Donald Trumps first budget provides more than USD 4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration by adding immigration and border enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, as well as building a wall on the border with Mexico. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
An immigration detainee stands near an US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grievance box in the high security unit at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which also houses immigration detainees arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), March 14, 2017 in Orange, California, about 32 miles (52km) southeast of Los Angeles. US President Donald Trumps first budget provides more than USD 4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration by adding immigration and border enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, as well as building a wall on the border with Mexico. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Orange County is becoming the epicenter of a growing battle. Following a vote in Los Alamitos last week to approve an ordinance exempting one of the O.C.'s smallest cities from the state's sanctuary status, a handful of other cities have voiced their support.

"There's been some momentum in Orange County ever since Los Alamitos," said Los Angeles Times immigration reporter, Cindy Carcamo, who has been covering the story.

Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo have joined the resistance in some capacity. Now, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to join a federal lawsuit to fight the state's sanctuary laws.

How can small cities afford to go up against the state?

Many of these moves by cities or municipalities have been symbolic, but others are a call for battle.

"The legal scholars that I've spoken with have said that there is going to be a legal fight," Carcamo said, "especially when it comes to Los Alamitos because Los Alamitos is blatantly exempting itself from California law."

The Los Alamitos approach? Starting a "GoFundMe" page as a preemptive move for any legal fights that may crop up. The page reads, "Please contribute to our GoFund Me Page for the City's legal defense.  The funds will go directly to the City to pay for our legal costs." So far, just over $4,000 has been raised.

As the story develops, here are some things to keep an eye on:

 



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