Long Beach City Council Votes to Support Two “Sanctuary State” Bills

Long Beach City Hall pictured by medium.com

(Long Beach, CA)

As the fight on immigration wages on in the country, last night, Long Beach City Council voted 7 – 0   (Council members Stacy Mungo and Dee Andrews absent), to advance two Sacramento Bills SB31 and SB54 that some call “Sanctuary State” bills.  Here is a brief analysis of the two bills:

SB 54 prevents law enforcement agencies in California from sharing private information on individuals with the federal government for enforcement of existing immigration laws.  This bill was authored by California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon.

SB31 authored by Long Beach representative State Senator Ricardo Lara, would block local and state government from collecting or sharing data, or be part of any program which would create a registry of individuals based on their ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

Many organized speakers spoke in favor of Long Beach itself becoming a Sanctuary City which President Trump has indicated he would cutoff federal funding to cities who decided to go that route but, City Council stopped short of declaring Long Beach a Sanctuary City.

The agenda item was sponsored by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, and co sponsored by Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, Councilman Roberto Uranga, and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson.  Although Mayor Garcia does not have a vote on agenda items he stated, “I support both bills, I supported them from the day they were presented.”

There was no apparent organized opposition to this agenda item.