Californian city passes measure supporting Arizona tough immigration law

14:49, June 05, 2010      

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Yorba Linda, the birth place of late President Richard Nixon, has become the first city in California to pass a measure supporting Arizona's tough law targeting illegal immigrants, it was reported on Friday.

The measure, approved by the Yorba Linda City Council on a 3-0 vote earlier this week, shows solidarity with Arizona and calls on the federal government to secure the national borders, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"It's a statement to ask the federal government to enforce the laws," Yorba Linda Mayor John Anderson said. "This isn't in response to anyone but Arizona and the problem we commonly share."

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. Other cities in California have taken similar actions.

Yorba Linda's solidarity with Arizona shows a widening divide over the immigration issue.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the law, Senate Bill 1070, in April. The law makes it a crime to stay in the country illegally and empowers local law enforcement in Arizona to check the immigration status of people suspected of staying in the country illegally. But the measure specifically bars police from racial profiling.

The law will go into effect around August.

Source: Xinhua


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