The residents from Escondido, California packed the City Council chambers to show their support for Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law. The southern Californian residents wanted to challenge Councilmember Olga Diaz's attempt to chastise Arizona.
“Those who support Arizona outnumbered the opposition 10 to 1. It seemed that some of those in opposition had been ‘imported’ from outside Escondido to protest,” said Tisha Bennett of Escondido and founder of CERS. “Residents here agree with Arizona that the federal government has failed the American people.”
According to Bennett, American patriots outnumbered the pro-illegal immigrant activists about 125 – 20 and just as past council meetings with this type of agenda on the ballot, the event procured several members of the media.
Bennett spoke during the open comments portion and presented the City Council with a letter signed by more than 400 Escondido citizens praising the city and Escondido Police Department for their traffic safety and DUI checkpoints which have removed thousands of unlicensed drivers from Escondido roads in the past four years.
Bennett reiterated the fact that the 2007 city resolution which declared Escondido a law-and-order and anti-sanctuary city meant the council could not take up this Arizona law issue. This resolution has been met with ire by open-border supporters all over San Diego County, yet Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher stands by the law.
When the item introduced by Councilmember Diaz was presented, Councilman Dick Daniels immediately raised the fact that the city charter prohibits the council from addressing issues outside the city of Escondido. Arizona’s SB1070 is clearly regulated outside the state as well as the city, he said.
After some wrangling among the council members about that legitimacy of the item, the council finally agreed and the resolution was tabled. Those in attendance burst out in loud applause and cheers thanking the council for making the right decision. The open-border activists were clearly disappointed with the results.
Council member Diaz was never able to discuss her views regarding the Arizona illegal immigration law. However she took the time to speak at the end of the meeting.
She read from a prepared statement; “The Arizona law transcends that state. It erodes our rights,” Diaz said. “The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches.”
It’s worth pointing out that most of the crowd had left by the time Diaz was allowed to speak.
The city of Escondido’s population is approximately 45 percent Latino and they were not able to join the San Diego City Council and School Boards in their effort to chastise Arizona’s new law which basically states word for word the federal government’s law on enforcing illegal immigration.
The Orange County Register also reported that not all cities are siding with open-border activists. For example the city of Costa Mesa has taken the opposite stance and stands by Arizona. “The City Council made it clear Tuesday night that people who are in the country illegally are not welcome in their city.”
City Council members passed a resolution declaring Costa Mesa is a “Rule of Law City.” The Mayor, Allan Mansoor, is a long time vocal opponent of illegal immigration.
“I have a lot of concerns with cities calling themselves sanctuary cities," Mansoor said before the vote in the OC Register. “It's important we state that we do not support illegal immigration.”
Other California cities are looking to support Arizona as well. For instance, the city of Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County has put Arizona’s SB 1070 resolution on their agenda for May 26. The council also will also be discussing and adopting the “Rule of Law” city measure as well.
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