"We're talking about people who are crossing the border illegally, coming into this county and committing a crime, and then being let loose probably to commit another crime", said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "That creates a public safety issue and creates a problem in our neighborhoods".
With the vote, San Diego County became California's most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protect select immigrants from deportation.
Almost half of people in San Diego County are what's known as "housing-cost burdened", which means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent or other housing costs.
Here in San Diego County, the reaction to the support for the Board of Supervisors' decision has been very split politically.
"The board's vote is a largely symbolic move that will create fear and divisiveness in our region, waste taxpayer funds and create distrust of law enforcement and local government", Cox told reporters.
Gaspar said that Tuesday's county Board of Supervisors meeting will include discussions about all the legal options the county has, including whether or not it should join the Trump administration's legal action against the sanctuary state.
The city council of Beaumont - a Riverside County city with a population of almost 37,000 - is scheduled to debate a resolution Tuesday night that declares Senate Bill 54, the "California Values Act", is incompatible with federal law and, therefore, illegitimate.
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing California over three laws: the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (), and the California Values Act ().
[Board Member Kristin] Gaspar said the board received more than 800 pieces of correspondence supporting the decision however she admitted the board did not cross-reference to make sure the emails were from residents of San Diego County.
"The status quo was safer in San Diego", she said, adding that now immigration officers make more arrests out in the community because they can't make those arrests at jails.
Citing the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Gaspar said the sanctuary law has allowed 284 criminal suspects to be released instead of handed over to immigration authorities since January.
Supervisor Ron Roberts did not attend the Tuesday meeting because of a "long-planned trip". "Our faith community will work tirelessly to elect true representatives who understand that we are better and stronger together".
"Public safety is our number one priority", Gaspar said.
Here's a breakdown of how San Diego and Orange Counties are showing support for the president's crackdown on immigration policies.
He argued that SB 54 does not prohibit immigration officials from detaining people who have committed crimes, but rather holds federal officials to law enforcement standards that local police have, like the requirement of a judicial warrant.
"There is a Revolution going on in California", he tweeted. "It's also about law enforcement, and making clear to our folks in our city that we support the USA constitution and with federal immigration officials making sure to keep our community safe and our country safe".
San Diego's conservative radio host Carl DeMaio in the weeks before the Board of Supervisors' Tuesday vote on the issue, used his radio platform to aggressively press the board to join the lawsuit against the state law.
And more than a dozen Republican-governed states the federal government Monday in its lawsuit against California's sanctuary state laws, which was filed in Sacramento earlier this month as Attorney General Jeff Sessions the city.