California city declares itself 'sanctuary city' from Gov. Newsom's strict lockdown order

California city declares itself 'sanctuary city' from Gov. Newsom's strict lockdown order

A central California city has declared itself a "sanctuary city" — not for illegal immigrants — but in response to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order.

The City of Atwater passed a resolution Friday that allows all city businesses, churches, and not-for-profit organizations to reopen despite the continuance of a mandatory state lockdown order, KFSN-TV reported.

"Affirming the city's commitment to fundamental constitutional rights and declaring the City of Atwater a sanctuary city for all businesses," the resolution read.

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