The Newport Beach city council voted unanimously earlier this week to challenge California’s sanctuary law, joining a dozen other cities that are not interested in complying with the sanctuary policies.
It’s the third city in the past two days to take such action, joining about a dozen others in recent weeks.
“It’s a tool in the toolbox for our police to help keep criminals off the street,” Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter said of the vote against the law.
He said the issue is not about opposition to immigrants – as critics allege – but about keeping “illegal alien criminals” from re-entering the community.
The sanctuary law is heavily supported by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and State Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D).
Peotter also said that Brown is sending National Guard troops to the border for reasons other than to prevent illegal immigration.
“You listen to Jerry Brown, and he’s sending [troops] there for other reasons. Not for immigration purposes,” he said. “In either event, the troops end up being at the border.”
“So it’s a matter of, whose spin do you want to listen to?” he added, arguing that the state is controlled by two-thirds Democrats.
Peotter said the state did not listen to the city’s concerns about the law before it passed and now the city is joining the lawsuit against the state by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“We want to be a law and order city and a law and order state. We want to comply with federal law and state law. They put us into a situation where we have to choose and we don’t like it,” he added.
Watch the interview from “Fox & Friends” above, and read more about other California cities opting out of the sanctuary law.