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San Diego County Likely To Join Trump's Sanctuary Lawsuit, Jacob Says

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is shown in this photo, Jan. 10, 2017.
Katie Schoolov
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is shown in this photo, Jan. 10, 2017.

San Diego County is likely to join the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws, a "cautiously optimistic" Supervisor Dianne Jacob told Fox News Channel Monday.

Jacob said she believes the Board of Supervisors will vote at least 3-2 in support of the lawsuit, which it is set to discuss in a closed-door meeting with the county attorney on April 17.

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The court case targets a set of laws that, among other things, limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

"This is a major public safety issue," Jacob said of the laws. "Let's be clear — this is about people who are coming into our country illegally and they're breaking the law — they're criminals."

Jacob remains the only supervisor who has publicly endorsed joining the lawsuit.

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Conversely, Supervisor Greg Cox said sheriff's deputies "should not be forced to carry out immigration duties."


Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar declined to make public her position on the matter.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors became the largest local government in California to side with President Donald Trump on immigration, voting unanimously last week to join the federal lawsuit.

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Both the San Diego and Orange County boards are entirely Republican.

The San Diego supervisors at the April 17 meeting will also discuss the lawsuit filed against the Trump administration by California officials over a question on the decennial census that asks about citizenship status, Gaspar said. A question about citizenship was last included on the census in 1950.