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Despite Protesters, Vista Upholds Decision To Back Trump’s Sanctuary City Lawsuit

President Trump signs an executive order on immigration enforcement and sanct...

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Above: President Trump signs an executive order on immigration enforcement and sanctuary cities on Jan. 25, 2017.

Despite dozens of people protesting the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's sanctuary city law, Vista's city council will continue to support the suit.

Tuesday night, Vista City Council member Joe Green introduced a motion to vote again on the issue because one of the four city council members had been absent from the last vote.

RELATED: California Leaders Opposed To Sanctuary Law Meet With Trump

California's sanctuary city law limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a lawsuit against California on behalf of the Trump administration, saying the policy interfered with federal law. Since then several California cities, including Vista, have voted to back the Trump lawsuit.

RELATED: US Court Declares Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order Illegal

The City Clerk's office says 38 people came out to Tuesday's meeting to voice their opinion on the issue. All but three of them wanted Vista to overturn the earlier vote and not back the lawsuit. After listening to the public comments, no other council member seconded Joe Green's motion to have another vote, so the decision to back the lawsuit stands.

The city of Vista is planning to write a letter in support of the lawsuit soon.

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