Escondido became the latest city to join President Donald Trump's lawsuit challenging California's "sanctuary city" policies after a fiery city council debate.
Here's what happened
The Escondido City Council voted 4-1 to join the lawsuit challenging the legality of California's policies meant to undermine the enforcement of federal immigration law. The decision was made after hours of angry public comments, including outbursts and testy recriminations.
One man who spoke at the meeting said that he was a legal immigrant and that it was unfair for others to come in illegally.
"I speak to you as an immigrant myself. I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother. OK?" he said angrily. "45 years ago we were not offered sanctuary, we were not offered an easier softer way, OK? We were told you have to be an American citizen and here's what you have to do — and we did it."
"And if I could do it, every single person that's a 'Dreamer' in this room can do it," he continued. "Every person that's undocumented in this room, they can do it too."
Escondido man: "I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother. Okay? 45 years ago we were not offered sanctuary... We were told you have to be an American citizen and here's what you have to do - and we did it." https://t.co/SUMq7DO1Mu pic.twitter.com/zG7qmZEFuJ
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Others in the auditorium were advocating for amnesty for illegal immigrants, but that effort was overdone by the city council.
"What's being discussed inside chambers is not representative of the values in my community,” said Lilian Serrano.
Escondido Mayor Sam Abed disagrees, and he has appeared on Fox News to defend his stance in favor of the rule of law against amnesty. Abed is an immigrant himself and became a citizen in 1990.
"I am proud immigrant who came to U.S. and I believe in the rule of law," he said. "My No. 1 goal is to make Escondido a safe city."