Paso Robles residents want city to fight California's 'sanctuary state' law

Published on March 17th, 2018

Michael Rivera, a Paso Robles resident, speaks against California's "sanctuary state" law at a City Council meeting on March 17, 2018. Attendees wanted leaders to formally oppose the policy. Lindsey Holden
April 18, 2018
By Lindsey Holden
The Tribune
Paso Robles could become the first city in San Luis Obispo County to take a stand against California's "sanctuary state" law after residents lobbied the City Council to act, saying they're "under attack" and facing an "illegal alien invasion." City Council members began considering whether to oppose Senate Bill 54, which became state law in October, at Tuesday night's meeting. More than a dozen residents addressed the council, many of them urging leaders to fight the law that prevents local law enforcement agencies from participating in U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts.

Read the Article Here: SanLuisObispo.com Article on Sanctuary Policy.


  • Mayor Steve Martin led the discussion.
  • Council members, including Fred Strong, suggested an option be made available for an Paso Robles ICE facility.
  • Many speakers expressed concern that Paso Robles law enforcement would be prevented from protecting citizens due to the law.
  • Other speakers stated it was not a racially-motivated concern – rather, it is focused on public safety and undocumented criminal immigrants vs. "all immigrants."
  • The next meeting is May 1, 2018


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