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Carlsbad City Council votes to back Trump 'sanctuary' lawsuit against California

Posted: 11:16 AM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-22 18:16:01Z
Carlsbad City Council votes to back Trump 'sanctuary' lawsuit against California

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - Another local city has decided to back the federal government's lawsuit against California's sanctuary state laws.

Carlsbad's City Council voted Monday to support the Trump Administration's lawsuit against the state. Carlsbad is the third local jurisdiction to back the lawsuit, joining Escondido and San Diego County.

Carlsbad will also formalize its support in a resolution to be voted on at its next meeting and issue a "friend of the court" brief to join the lawsuit.

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The city says the vote will not have an immediate effect on local enforcement. Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci said city police will continue to operate "in accordance with the law and does not have a formal position on sanctuary city issues."

Carlsbad Police updated its policy manual in May to reflect the three state laws.

Earlier this year, California passed a series of laws aimed at adding protections for undocumented immigrants from federal immigration authorities: AB 450, AB 103, and SB 54 — the latter of which prevents local authorities from aiding federal authorities in enforcing federal immigration laws.

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National City, Chula Vista, and the City of San Diego have voted to support California's laws, along with about 20 other cities throughout the state.

California is one of seven states that have declared themselves "sanctuary states," according to the Center for Immigration Studies. President Trump has said he intends to block federal funding for any states or cities that operate against federal immigration laws.