Amador Supes Vote To Oppose Sanctuary State Status...Again!

Amador Supes Vote To Oppose Sanctuary State Status...Again! 

Amador County’s response to the State of California’s status as a so-called “Sanctuary State” was the subject of an often heated discussion before the Board of Supervisors yesterday. The Board took up the issue of SB 54, the so-called “Sanctuary State” law, passed by the state in October of last year, and which limits co-operation between local law enforcement and federal emigration officials, for the second meeting in a row on Tuesday. A group of opponents of the law were present, yelling and catcalling the supervisors, first when the discussion was move to later in the meeting and then during the supervisors discussion of the issue. Public comments on the issue were dominated by immigration opponents, who called for supervisors to denounce state law and who were highly critical of undocumented immigrants, calling them dangers to society, a drain on resources and in one case, carriers of decease. On a motion by Supervisor Richard Forster, the board voted to restate their opposition to SB 54, a position that the board had voted for last year, and to submit an amicus, or “friend of the court” brief in support of the Federal Justice Department’s court challenge to the sanctuary law. The motion passed with four votes in favor and Supervisor Frank Axe abstaining. 

In other business, the board voted pay increases for elected officials in the county other than the board itself and for county CAO Chuck Iley. These officials will all receive a 2% pay bump this year and a 1% bump next year, matching a raise given to county workers.

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