This unanimous decision was made during a special closed session held immediately before a County Hearing on Hate Crimes on Tuesday, January 31st, in the Board Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, President Dave Cortese presiding, has authorized County Counsel James Williams to file a lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump (i.e., The Trump Administration). After the BOS reconvened in open session, Williams said, “by a unanimous vote with all members present, the Board authorized County Counsel to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and members of his administration challenging his January 25th Executive Order No. 13768, which attempts to withhold virtually all federal funding from local jurisdictions that do not assist with his aggressive immigration enforcement plan.”
Of its total annual budget of $5.9 billion, the County receives approximately $1 billion in federal funding, largely to support critical health and human services for the most vulnerable members of our community, Williams later noted. This lawsuit is being filed to block an unconstitutional act by the President that threatens to cripple state and local governments that do not participate in his aggressive approach to immigration enforcement.
More updates on the lawsuit will be released when it is filed in the upcoming days. This is a very prudent action to take sincere the County of Santa Clara has been and will continue to be a ‘sanctuary county’ and the CA State Assembly is also considering declaring the entire State of California to be a ‘sanctuary’ for the undocumented amongst us.
For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030. County Counsel James Williams Office can be reached at 408-299-5902.