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Small Town Exercises its Rights to Exempt Themselves from State Law

June 22, 2018 11:29 AM

(ABC 6 News)-- The immigration debate continues to dominate headlines even after President Trump signed an executive order to stop separating families at the border.

In the last six months, the small town of Los Alamitos, California made their own appearance in the national spotlight when it enacted an ordinance to exempt themselves from the state's "Values Act."

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"It caused a big uproar throughout the state, and I guess the nation," said Pro-temp Mayor Warren Kusumoto. "But what we've done is say we're going to follow the U.S. Constitution with respect to immigration law."

Local communities have made their own efforts in exercising their rights on a national issue. The city of Los Alamitos made its mark due to it being the second smallest town in Orange County.

Kusumoto said, "Our ability as a local charter city gives a lot of local control."

"I think the divide is the issue is totally blown out of proportion," said Kusumoto.

He also added, "It really comes down to the rule of law...the Constitution, the federal supremacy over aspects of our law."

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