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Apr 18, 2:29 PM EDT

California city sued over move to opt out of sanctuary law


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Residents are suing the tiny Southern California city of Los Alamitos following a vote by elected officials to exempt the community from a state law limiting police collaboration with immigration authorities.

The American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant rights advocates say the lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of the group Los Alamitos Community United, a local pastor and an attorney.

The suit says Los Alamitos can't choose which state laws to follow and the city's actions are wasting taxpayer money and scaring immigrants from attending church services.

Messages seeking comment were left for city officials.

Officials in Los Alamitos, a city of 12,000 people, voted this week to exempt it from California's sanctuary law.

Elected officials in some other cities and in Orange and San Diego counties have also taken stands against the law.

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