Santa Clarita became the first city in Los Angeles County to formally reject California's new 'sanctuary' laws when its city council voted 5-0 to opt out of the policy and join a federal lawsuit against Sacramento.
A steady stream of citizens from varied ethnic backgrounds took to the microphone to deliver scathing rebukes of SB 54, calling it unconstitutional, dangerous, and detrimental to the quality of life for American citizens in California.
Independent journalists on the scene have released viral videos depicting Americans in patriotic apparel - MAGA hats, U.S. flags, and more - as they voiced their displeasure with California leadership and eventually cheered the council's unanimous decision to stand with constituents.
"The black community is most adversely affected by illegal alien activity," said one woman, asserting that her family immigrated from the island of St. Croix.
She explained that illegal aliens settle in areas already considered sub-standard, such as Watts and East Los Angeles - not upper-class enclaves like Brentwood and Beverly Hills.
"We talked about how it's 'racist that we're splitting up families' - well several of my fellow patriots have mentioned the permanent split-up of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles who cannot just cross the border and go visit their families. They have to go to the grave. You tell me how that's fair," she concluded, referring to attendees whose family members were killed by illegal aliens, like Don Rosenberg.
Rosenberg's 25-year-old son, Drew, was killed in a 2010 car accident with a Honduran illegal who been granted temporary immigration status.
Rosenberg started the "Fight the Sanctuary" initiative, filing the "Children, Family, and Community Protection Act" ballot initiative in April, which aims to repeal a variety of California laws that cater to illegal aliens and calls for the proper enforcement of codes already on the books.
“We never talk about the families that are torn apart by illegal aliens,” he said. “To those that said sanctuary laws don’t hurt anybody, I’m evidence that you’re wrong.”
Santa Clarita joins a growing list of California localities challenging 'sanctuary state' status after tiny Los Alamitos unleashed the first salvo in March when its city council voted to reject the new laws.
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