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Temecula approves resolution opposing SB 54


Last updated 7/2/2018 at 4:57pm

The Temecula City Council on Tuesday, June 26, approved a resolution opposing the California Values Act (SB 54) following a lengthy public comment session where more than 30 people spoke.

The council voted 5-0 to approve the resolution, titled, "A resolution of the City Council of the City of Temecula opposing efforts by the State of California to restrict collaboration between local and federal enforcement agencies."

Council members noted that the resolution functioned only as a statement of where the City of Temecula stood on the issue.

SB 54, often referred to as the "sanctuary state" law limits cooperation between state policing agencies and federal authorities.

Local agencies are limited in the information they can provide to federal authorities about a person's immigration status and are also not allowed to transfer an immigrant into federal custody, unless that person has been convicted of certain serious or violent crimes.

Several of the 34 public speakers encouraged the city to enter into an existing lawsuit alongside other municipalities such as Huntington Beach.

City councilors noted that formal action on the issue wasn't necessary because the city contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Sheriff Stan Sniff, an independently elected official, is in favor of cooperation with federal authorities.

For more on this story, read the July 6 edition of the Valley News.


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