Skip to comments.Hemet [SoCal] backs Arizona's immigrant crackdown
Posted on 05/26/2010 1:51:57 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Hemet could become one of the first California cities to formally support Arizona's immigration law.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to direct city staff to craft a resolution backing the law.
The Arizona law requires police officers during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest" to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials. It is scheduled to take effect in August.
Federal efforts to reform immigration law have repeatedly collapsed, leading states to attempt their own legislation as they experience spikes in illegal immigrants and related costs. Opponents say laws such as Arizona's invite racial profiling and harassment of Hispanics.
Hemet Councilwoman Robin Lowe said the city's resolution "is sending a message to the federal government for them to know that we support ICE (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement) but that we'd also like them to do their job."
...Two people at the meeting spoke in favor of the resolution; no one spoke against it.
(Excerpt) Read more at pe.com ...
Hemet’s Council speaks from experience with illegals, and trouble.
Nice to see. They’ve had a big problem with gangs there lately. Peaceful little city in California that knows what we are going through. Thank you Hemet.
God bless Hemet.
God bless Hemet.
The city council was really brave on this one. The illegal population here and in the Inland Empire is huge...
I live here in Hemet and am so proud. I called the city council today to tell them I support this. The woman answering the phone said they have been swamped with phone calls and the majority were supportive.
I told her I hadn’t heard of any other city taking a stand and supporting AZ and she said the Press Enterprise told her Hemet was the first.
All the polls I’ve seen, even here in L.A., have been overwhelmingly in favor of Arizona’s stand.
Costa Mesa did all this, in 2005.
And just voted again last week, 4 to 0, to continue.
That has been in the news. I wonder why people have not heard about it. They have taken a firm, unflinching stand in Costa Mesa.