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Yorba Linda passes measure supporting Arizona illegal immigration law [Updated]

The Yorba Linda City Council approved a resolution this week supporting Arizona’s illegal-immigration law, making it what is believed to be the first city in California to approve a measure supporting the legislation.

The resolution approved Tuesday on a 3-0 vote also calls on the federal government to secure the national borders, said Mayor John Anderson, who sponsored it.

The council meeting was attended by several dozen people, many of whom spoke on the issue. The Arizona law says police may check the status of people they have stopped for another reason and reasonably suspect are illegal immigrants, according to the Arizona Legislature's website.

[Updated at 2:06 p.m.: A previous version of this post said police were required to check the immigration status of people they stop and suspect are illegal immigrants.]

“It’s a statement to ask the federal government to enforce the laws,” Anderson said Friday. “This isn’t in response to anyone but Arizona and the problem we commonly share.”

In Riverside County, the Hemet City Council last month asked its city manager to draft a similar resolution, to be voted on within the month. On the other side of the issue, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have voted to boycott Arizona and ban official travel to the state to protest the law.

Voting with Anderson were Councilwoman Nancy Rikel and Councilman Mark Schwing. Councilwoman Jan Horton left before the issue came up late Tuesday to attend to a personal emergency.

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 Yorba Linda city government.

-- Sam Quinones

Comments () | Archives (234)

Horray for Yorba Linda!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Criminals need to be taken off the street! No matter what ethnic group or country they come from. "ILLEGAL" means what it says...."CRIMINAL"!!!
Most of us or our ancestors were all Immigrants at one time, the difference is it was done LEGALLY!
There is a reason illegals are here illegally, and it can only be considered a criminal act!!!!
THEY HAVE NOoooo constitutional Rights here!!!!
Thank You Yorba Linda. Now lets get the rest of CALIFORNIA on board!!!

The problem with officials in Yorba Linda passing covetous resolutions about any other place on earth is, no matter how hard they try, they'll still be in Yorba Linda. Which is too bad for everybody else who lives there.

There are a lot of racist schmuck living in Yorba Linda still. They are lead by their Mayor, John Schmuck (real name) and his cousin Schwing (also real name) from the SS.

I am 81 yrs old and came to USA 52 yrs ago LEGALLY. I don't think to approve LEGAL INMIGRATION is racist. It is just ORDER and PEACE. You have to ask if people are living in USA legally because my last gardener, to my surprise, was recently deported because besides being illegally working here, he didn't pay all the driving tickets he got, Yes, if we are citizens abiding by the law we have to support any law against illegal inmigration,

I hope all of you that agree w/ Arizona Law are planning to vote in the upcoming election for governor.

A vote for Jerry Brown is a vote for illegal immigrants and unions... both of which are sucking this state dry.

Thankyou!Thankyou! Thought we were going to move out of California.Great job!Its the law.What is the big deal? If your legal you have nothing to worry about. Thankyou Yorba Linda.I hope more of our cities will follow.

I cannot believe how many people think this is racist!! For God's sake, there is a reason why things are "illegal"!!! It wouldn't matter if the "illegals" were from another country, or if American's went to another country illegally and tried to get everything they could from the people and government for free, they would still be considered "illegal"!! It angers me to see how many there are here in this country. If they are leaving Mexico because it's such a horrible place to live and they want to have a better life, then why come here and make the United States the same as where they are escaping from? I was born and raised in California, and only recently moved out of state 2 years ago, my main reason for moving, was because of the illegal immigration problem! It's not getting out of control, it has BEEN out of control. Legal citizens are being put out on the streets, loosing their jobs, being kicked off of government assistance, and feeling "out of place" in their own country because of the overpopulation of illegals. In my eyes, it has nothing to do with the race or color of their skin, it's the matter of doing the right thing, becoming legal, paying taxes, making the better life they so called want to have! I support this law!! Go Arizona! Go Yorba Linda!!!

This is another example of big goverment wasting tax payers dollars. There are already laws against illegals you boneheads. What resolution is in next weeks adgenda, making murders in Yorba Linda illegal? The Feds can't seem to stop that as well. The issue is not the immigration debate. The issue is to stop wasting taxpayers time and money passing ridiculous/ useless resolutions to further your political careers. Stop pandering to special interest groups and show some backbone.

Viva Yorba Linda! Finally a city with backbone to stand up for what is right.

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