VIDEO: Tempers Flare as California City Opts Out of State's Sanctuary Law

Orange County Supervisor Pushing to Opt Out of California's 'Dangerous' Sanctuary Law

Residents in Escondido, California voiced their opinions at a heated meeting Wednesday night before the city's council voted to file a legal brief supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state's sanctuary law.

Escondido joined four other cities -- and is the first in San Diego County -- that have taken action in fighting back against the law that protects illegal immigrants from federal ICE officials.

"This is the right thing to do," Mayor Sam Abed said Wednesday. "I was elected mayor to uphold the Constitution and to keep our community safe. I am committed to do that, and that's what the council did today."

More than 60 residents voiced their arguments at the meeting, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

"By deporting my family, is that the reward I get for my hard work?" one person against the vote said.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has been adamantly opposed to local officials working to opt out of the sanctuary law.

"There is nothing in the Constitution that says that one rogue state can make policies that affect the whole nation," one supporter said at a rally held before the meeting.

"I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother, OK?" one supporter of the vote said.

"Forty-five 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."

A woman outside the meeting in a Trump hat argued that the U.S. Constitution does not give a "rogue state" the right to make policies that affect the whole nation.  

A vote will be held April 17 by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to determine if the county will follow Escondido's action.

Watch the segment above.

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