Calexico City Council Passed a Resolution Denouncing the Anti-Immigration Bill SB1070

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council passed a resolution denouncing the anti-immigration bill SB1070 that was signed into law recently.

The law signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer makes it a state misdemeanor crime for anyone to be in the United States unlawfully; requiring police to make an attempt, when practicable, to determine a person’s immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien; allow police, without warrant, to arrest a person if there is probable cause that the person is an illegal alien or is a legal alien not in possession of registration documents that the person is required to carry by federal law and imposes a fine of $2,500 and jail time when arrested.

Millions marched this past May 1st to protest the immigration bill and to demand an immediate immigration reform. The protest made some effect on the bill as Governor Brewer amended the bill and eliminated the portion that said that police officers could arrest a person based on their appearance.

The Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Phil Gordon, has publicly stated his opposition to this anti-immigration bill as well as several other Sheriffs in the state of Arizona. President Barack Obama stated that SB 1070 threatens to “undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

Mexican President Felipe Calderon met this week with President Obama and touched the subject of this immigration bill and stressed the importance for the Obama Administration to work on an immigration reform that has been put aside in favor of the Health Care Bill.

The City Council has given direction to the City Clerk to send a copy of this resolution to Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Calexico is the second city in California after San Francisco has or will consider a similar resolution.

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CLACKEY
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CLACKEY
May 5, 2010 1:55 PM

I think it’s amazing all of the uproar about a bill that mirrors what the Federal law Already stetes. I applaud Arizona for being bold, keeping us safer and enforcing the law.

I have changed my family’s Summer vacation to Arizona!

TheRumpledOne
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TheRumpledOne
May 5, 2010 1:45 PM
Is the US CODE UNCONSTITUTIONAL? US CODE TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1325 § 1325. Improper entry by alien TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1324a § 1324a. Unlawful employment of aliens WE DO NOT… Read more »
Tony
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Tony
May 5, 2010 12:32 PM

Well said Margarita, i totally agree with you. I am so tired of paying taxes while people who come illegally get all the freebies and then once they are legalized they fly a mexican flag and say how much they love their Mexico.

Nick
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Nick
May 5, 2010 11:46 AM

I agree with Margarita 100%. My father came across legally and became a US citizen. He does not agree that illegals should be given a free ride at the expense of our citizens and legally immigrated people.

Nick

Marquita
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Marquita
May 5, 2010 11:07 AM
“Undermine basic notions of fairness”? America is fair! We have checkpoints at the US-Mexico border where those who want to enter the country can do so LEGALLY! Illegal immigrants, for the most part, do NOT pay taxes. They are burdening our schools and our government! Where I live, they have… Read more »
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