Costa Mesa becomes O.C.’s latest city to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” law


In a contentious vote early Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council became Orange County’s latest governing body to declare official opposition to Senate Bill 54, a California “sanctuary state” law that provides expanded protection for undocumented immigrants.

The 3-2 decision to adopt a resolution against SB 54 prompted cheers and chants of “USA! USA!” from opponents of the law who waited in City Hall until roughly 1 a.m. for the council’s vote.

Council members Katrina Foley and John Stephens cast the dissenting votes.

Those who joined them in urging the council not to take the action responded to it with cries of outrage.

Costa Mesa City Council members (from left: Mayor Pro Tem Allan Mansoor, Mayor Sandra Genis, Council Member Katrina Foley, Council Member John Stephens and Council Member Jim Righeimer)

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