ACLU Threatens Los Alamitos with Suit on Sanctuary Cities Ordinance

Los Alamitos Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto is interviewed on Fox News by Neil Cavuto.

Rafu Wire and Staff Reports

LOS ALAMITOS — The American Civil Liberties Union will sue Los Alamitos if its council follows through with approving an ordinance exempting the Orange County municipality from the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law, an ACLU attorney said Tuesday.

The Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 Monday to approve the ordinance on first reading, following more than two hours of heated testimony from residents on both sides of the issue. The council is scheduled to take a final vote on April 16, ACLU attorney Sameer Ahmed said.

“We sent them a letter explaining why it is a blatant violation of the law, explaining that the California Values Act is consistent and supported by the constitution, and if they go forward with this ordinance then they will be sued,” Ahmed said.

The ACLU would also seek to have its attorneys’ fees paid and any other sanctions available, he said.

“They are blatantly in violation of state law,” Ahmed said. “A city is obligated to follow state law and they can’t pick or choose which laws to follow.”