Delano City Council

Delano City Council members, left to right: Council Member Grace Vallejo, Council Member Joe Alindajao, Mayor Joe E. Aguirre, Mayor Pro Tem Liz Morris and Council Member Bryan Osorio.

In an effort to send a message to the city’s immigrant population, the Delano City Council voted to make the municipality a sanctuary city at a meeting on Monday.

The vote is largely symbolic, as state legislators have already voted to make California a sanctuary state under SB 54, which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to help U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The issue had previously been considered last month in Delano, when the council tabled the vote to make sure the resolution did not conflict with SB 54.

Councilmember Bryan Osorio had introduced the resolution. Initially, he said he introduced it as a response to the mass immigration raids that President Donald Trump announced in early July.

But those raids have come and gone, and the resolution has taken on a new meaning.

“It is symbolic resolution, but hopefully one that reassures the community, the immigrant community, the undocumented community, that they can trust their public institutions,” he said.

He added that he had hoped the resolution would include three clauses that would have required city institutions provide educational material informing immigrants of their constitutional rights.

However, in order to pass, the three clauses needed to be struck.

Osorio said the city could still distribute the materials regardless.

The council voted 4-1, with Mayor Joe Aguirre against.

In comments at the meeting, Aguirre said he worried that the resolution would negatively affect the Delano Police Department, according to Kern Valley Public Radio.

He also worried that the resolution would impact the department’s federal funding, the radio station reported.

With the resolution, Delano became the first city in Kern County to become a sanctuary city.

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(7) comments


Mexico has claimed another city from the USA, so it will be all of California. Vote Republican now or forever hold your Peace !


Viva La Revolcion ??? Pero Con Juevos ??? "Tony Tee", why don't you just say "Make America Great Again". That would better explain your anti-sanctuary city position. FYI, there are no federal, state, county or city taxes or fees to this resolution so sorry if your tax reductions solutions is undermined. Delano decided to be "Voice in the wilderness" in Kern County and for the whole Central Valley to prevent undocumented parents to be separated from their children. Remember, many of these undocumented parents are the hardest working demographic that we have in the the Central Valley because they do jobs that many citizens don't do. They also pay city, county, state and federal taxes & fees, they pay into Social Security (which they won't be able to collect) and statistical from the DOJ/FBI they are a demographic with the lowest crime rate. They act more like upstanding Americans than most citizens !!!

Tony Tee

I am all for their intentions. But they should take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for their actions, 100%. The Delano's federal funding should be reduced. Welfare benefits should be reduced by 25% to help pay for the undocumented's benefits. Delano should also make a resolution by hire more police officers from the undocumented community. Talk is cheap, Delano and other sanctuary cities. You want to be renegades? Do so at YOUR OWN EXPENSE - not taxpayer money. Viva La Nueva Revolucion! Pero con Huevos!


The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus

November 2, 1883


Another town supporting the Califonia governments defiance of federal law. How sad for our country.


No news here...It’s been a sanctuary. The town sign is probably on ICEs radar.


I don't think one dime should be allocated for illegal immigrant's when the needs of so many people who are already here are not being met.

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