A judge has ruled that California can't require the city of Huntington Beach to follow a state law limiting local police collaboration with federal immigration agents.
Superior Court Judge James Crandall said Thursday that cities that create their own charters have a greater degree of autonomy, the Orange County Register reported.
The seaside city of 200,000 people sued the state earlier this year claiming the so-called sanctuary law interferes with its authority to enforce local laws and regulations.
California has argued that the state constitution makes charter cities — which number more than 100 and include large cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego — subject to the same state laws as other cities on matters of statewide concern.
The Democrat-led state Legislature passed the law to protect immigrants from the Trump administration's efforts to ramp up deportations. The measure limits when police can collaborate with federal immigration agents in an effort to encourage immigrants to report crimes without fearing deportation.