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SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) — The city of Santa Clarita has become the first in Los Angeles County to break with California’s sanctuary state law.
Emotions ran high at Tuesday night’s packed city council meeting, where 200 people reportedly signed up to make public comments. The meeting lasted into the early morning hours, as council members heard from community members over the issue.
Senate Bill 54 protects undocumented immigrants by limiting cooperation by local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities. Critics of the law say it promotes criminality, while proponents say it will keep communities safer.
Comments got heated at times, but when the council voted unanimously to file a brief to opt out of the sanctuary state law, the audience erupted into triumphant cheers.