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.