SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) – San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar was among more than a dozen Golden State officials meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday to discuss their opposition to California’s sanctuary-state law.
The group making the trek to Washington, D.C., included leaders from Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, whose city’s move to officially oppose the law prompted other conservative-leaning cities and municipalities to do the same.
San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar speaks with President Trump about California’s sanctuary-state law.
In March, Los Alamitos approved an ordinance claiming an exemption from Senate Bill 54, which limits cooperation by local and state law enforcement with federal immigration authorities. Other cities voting to oppose the state law include Beaumont, Newport Beach, Orange, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda, along with San Diego County.
"On Wednesday, President Trump will meet with California leaders and public officials who oppose California’s illegal and unconstitutional sanctuary policies that release criminal illegal aliens into public communities," a White House official said. "They will discuss shared efforts to end the nullification of federal law and restore community safety."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan attended the meeting.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on California’s sanctuary-state law.
After the Los Alamitos ordinance was approved, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city in April.
"The ordinance thus authorizes local police officers and school officials, as well as other local officials, to disregard the terms of the Values Act and collaborate with immigration authorities," according to the lawsuit. "It is black-letter law that a locality cannot enact an ordinance that conflicts with state law — let alone one that, on its face, authorizes local officials to violate state law. A local ordinance is preempted by state law, and therefore invalid, when it `duplicates, contradicts or enters an area fully occupied by general law, either expressly or by legislative implication."’
Edgar said at the time that he voted for the ordinance because of public safety issues, and not because he is opposed to immigration.
"This is not about immigration," he said. "This is about criminal illegal immigrants in the country and trying to keep them out of our communities."
Below is a list of California leaders who attended the meeting with Trump:
- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield;
- Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore;
- Councilwoman Pam Patterson, of San Juan Capistrano;
- Mayor Troy Edgar, city of Los Alamitos;
- Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, Barstow;
- Mayor Natasha Johnson, Lake Elsinore;
- Mayor Elaine Gennawey, Laguna Niguel;
- Mayor Crystal Ruiz, San Jacinto;
- Mayor Sam Abed, Escondido;
- Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto, Los Alamitos;
- Sheriff Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County;
- Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County;
- Supervisor Michelle Steel, Orange County;
- Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, San Diego County;
- Deputy Sheriff Ray Grangoff, Orange County; and
- District Attorney Stacey Montgomery, Lassen County.
AM 760’s Mark Larson spoke to San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Kristin Gaspar after she received the invitation to the White House to meet with President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. View on AM 760 website »