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Arizona illegal immigration crackdown getting support from more California cities [Updated]

Several Southern California cities this week are expected to endorse Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.

In the Inland Empire, Hemet and Lake Elsinore are scheduled to take up the issue Tuesday night. In Orange County, Rancho Santa Margarita's City Council recently backed the Arizona law as well.

[For the record, 11:20 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that Perris was one of the cities in the Inland Empire that was considering endorsing Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration. Hemet is one of those cities.] 

The cities are considering resolutions of support, but the votes would not change policy in those cities.

Costa Mesa generated national headlines last month when it declared itself a "rule-of-law" city that would not serve as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The vote was seen as an endorsement of Arizona's crackdown, but experts said it did nothing to specifically change the way the city dealt with illegal immigrants.

Yorba Linda passed a resolution backing the Arizona law as well. Councilman Jim Winder walked out of the meeting when the issue came up, saying it was a waste of time and had nothing to do with city government.

"Maybe some people don't believe we should take any action on it," Hemet Mayor Eric McBride told the Press-Enterprise. "But it's going to affect us as everyday American citizens."

The L.A. City Council and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors have opposed the Arizona law, and the city of Los Angeles voted a boycott of the state.

--Shelby Grad

Comments () | Archives (69)

Viva Arizona! Si Se Puede!!!

I agree with Councilman Winder, this has nothing to do with City business.

However I also appreciate the message that not every Californian supports lawlessness when it comes to immigration like the LA City Council, LA County Board of Supervisors and LAUSD. It's embarrassing to be represented by people who have no respect for our nation's laws.

We appreciate the support from these cities, regardless if it benefits us financially. The boycotts are for show. They are already trying to get exemptions for law enforcement training and red-light contracts. The LA City Council does not care about the safety of its citizens or legal immigrants, and that in itself is a crying shame.

NO, The city of LA did not vote to boycott the state of Arizona, it was 5 Board of Supervisors, and the LA Council. Not the people of LA.

Wow...you mean there are still some cities in California with common sense, and puts US citizens first over illegal aliens?

Praise be the lord. There may be hope yet.

GO ARIZONA!!!!!! (I am purposefully spending my vacation dollars in AZ)

It's about time! Not all of us here is CA agree with Los Angeles. I'm half Mexican and I support Arizona.

Hey, it's "We the people.", it should be "We the LEGAL people."
Anyway, way too go people, this is what we needed. Our Govt. can't seem to get it together. Mayor V seems to allow illegal's which is a crime in it's self.
Keep it up states and cities!!!! It is a legal law based only on crime, to check Legal status and nothing anyone can do about it but to enforce what law is on the books to protect American and the LEGAL AMERICAN RIGHTS!

It's just a matter of time. Los Angeles will endorse this one day soon.

California code? Let me remind these people just what it states

Section 834b in the California Penal Code:
(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

Awesome! Atleast there are some cities in California willing to stand for Law and Order and Sovereign rights of American citizens.

I am not shocked, there is a lot of racism in those cities

and I will do everything I can to boycot LA, including LAX on future flights

Good For Arizona ! :)

When I was a kid, the un-skilled labor was taken by high school kids but now the illegals and immigrants took them all. H.S. kids used to work at the car wash, dishwashing, busboys, fast food..... Now employers use adult immigrants to get more bang for their buck and they are destroying the American culture one generation at a time. And I am half Mexican, so don't think I am a racist, I am a Realist and a proud American.

Enforce our FEDERAL immigration laws please, its about time. And for the love of pete, build the dang fence already, do something. We need border protection FIRST. Got to stop the flow, before we fix a thing, stop the flow.

Why is enforcing a law called racist? They can't pull u over for looking illegal. If u get pulled over for driving drunk or drugs then they can check if ur illegal or not. Learn the law before u criticize it

Alfonso... What "race" is illegal? Anyone can be illegal, all it takes is crossing the border illegally OR overstaying your Visa, which tons of people do, even "white" people that speak English, they need to be deported too. Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Uranus, I dont care where you are from, if you didnt use the proper channels, leave.

Because cities don't have enough time to work on improving parks, roads, keeping communities safe. Shilling for racists in AZ requires that cities stop working for the local community and its folks to ensure that everyone knows they are idiots.

To be fair, the City of LA didnt vote to boycott Arizona...the city council voted, but that was not the vote of the city.
please post facts.

Remember the pro-illegal immigrate groups try to brand people that are against illegal Immigrates as racist. The truth is these indivials are the one that are usually are the one racist by allowing a one race over hundreds of other American races. Would these same pro-illegal also advocate for Millions of Chinese and India's illegal Immigrates arriving into our country and recieving the same treatment as our present day Illegal from south of the border?

2 freaking wars are going on and you people care what Perris and Lake Elsinore are doing? ill tell you what, why dont you folks on this board form a mob, grab your pitch forks and torches and go after the illegals door to door. then when youre done, and the economy still sucks, find another scape goat hunt down. wonder if the jews will be available......

Alfonso-Enlighten us all with what your definition of racism is? Seems to me you might be a bit confused on the definition.

The illegal immigrants aren't just Mexican. Others go through Mexico to get to the US and Canada from Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. too. This is a Homeland security threat, which means, our safety. Build walls, large, solid walls at the borders of each of the 4 states bordering Mexico. They did it in Israel with US money to secure their borders, do it here in the United States of America.


im all for border sercurity , and cracking down on bad people coming over. But really??, how about all the hard working people that the only bad thing on the record is that they are undocumented. You know good people. people that want to succeed in this country, people that risked their lives to be here only to work for shitty minimum wage.... listen im all for the rule- of- law mumbo jumbo.. im just against rule-of-biggoted-law-minded legislators... that are screaming " Dey-took-er jobbsss!!" idiots. ... Comprehensive immigration is the way.. is the right way...

To your comments..take a look at these immigrant laws and see if you know think they are racist.

There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.

All ballots will be in this nation's language.

All government business will be conducted in our language.

Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they
are here.

Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office.

Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food
stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any
burden will be deported.

Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at
least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

If foreigners come here and buy land... Options will be restricted.
Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens
naturally born into this country.

Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a
foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or
his policies. These will lead to deportation.

If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted
&, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All
assets will be taken from you.


The above laws are current immigration laws of MEXICO !!!

IF, and im saying, IF this law passes in Arizona, the state will crumble. Slitting their own damn throats.

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