By Brandon Pho, Daily Titan | Fullerton City Council will not take a stance regarding the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against California for three sanctuary laws entitling undocumented immigrants to certain protections.
“I was a little (surprised by this decision) just because I wasn’t sure where it was going,” said council member Jesus Silva, who said he initially suspected the council would vote to support the lawsuit at its Tuesday meeting.
Mayor Doug Chaffee, Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn and Silva voted in favor of receiving and filing the consideration, with opposition from council member Jennifer Fitzgerald and an abstention by council member Bruce Whitaker. The decision was met with uproarious applause by a majority of the audience.
In response to hecklers in the audience asking what it meant to receive and file, Sebourn and Chaffee said that the city would elect to remain silent on the issue without alienating those opposed to the lawsuit.
The matter was brought before the council at the request of Fitzgerald, who was in favor of supporting the lawsuit, citing overreach by the state and its sanctuary laws’ strain on the ability of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.