San Diego County Signs on to Sanctuary Fight

San Diego County will join the Trump administration’s fight against California’s sanctuary state law.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 to authorize the county counsel to draft an amicus brief in support of the federal government’s lawsuit. San Diego is now the most populous county to do so, following in the footsteps of Orange.

Ron Roberts was absent from Tuesday’s vote. Supervisor Greg Cox was the lone dissenter.

"This is a very divisive issue in the county, and across the state and nation," he said.  "The county joining the lawsuit between the federal and state governments is unnecessary because this is an issue that is properly going to be addressed by the federal courts."

By joining the federal lawsuit, San Diego County is also weighing in on two lesser-known pieces of legislation, AB 450 and AB 103, which deal with immigration enforcement in the workplace and oversight of immigrant detention facilities.

The county will file the amicus brief at the earliest opportunity, which is likely to be on appeal.