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Chula Vista Rejects “Sanctuary City” Designation, But…

Last week the Chula Vista City Council gave direction to city staff to return to the Council with a number of immigration-related agenda items over the next month.

The tentative future items to be addressed before the Council are:

  • Date: April 11
    • The Council will give direction to staff to organize filing an amicus brief (friend of the court filing) in support of a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco challenging measures in a recent Presidential executive order that would strip some federal funding from “sanctuary” jurisdictions. Many cities and counties, as well as some local school districts, (including Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College) have already filed or signed onto such briefs.
  • Date: April 25
    • The Council will give direction to staff to agendize a resolution in support of the Chula Vista Police Department’s current policy on immigration violations; to present specific proposals to communicate that policy widely to Chula Vista residents; and in support of joining the “Welcoming America” network. (Welcoming America is a non-profit organization that offers learning exchanges and access to government leaders who are creating immigrant-friendly, welcoming communities.)  (Vote was 5-0)
  • May 2
    • The Council gave direction to staff present a draft resolution in support of California Senate Bill 54. If passed and signed by the Governor, SB 54 would bar all state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources to help with immigration enforcement. A draft of SB 54 is currently under review in the California State Assembly.

Bottom line:  The City Council specifically rejected declaring Chula Vista a sanctuary city, but did direct that staff draft language for subsequent Council action on the items listed above.

For now we must see what is in store!

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