Skip to comments.CA: Mayor declares SoCal city 'sanctuary' for illegal immigrants (National City, Ca.)
Posted on 09/30/2006 8:08:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The mayor on Saturday declared this small city just a few miles from the Mexican border a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants.
Mayor Nick Inzunza made the proclamation at City Hall as a few hundred supporters rallied on the sidewalk outside, said police Lt. Lanny Roark.
Backers were met by a smaller group of anti-illegal immigration protesters, including members of the Minutemen civilian border patrol group, Roark said.
The rallies were "loud and tumultuous" but peaceful, he said. There were no arrests.
As a result of the declaration, city funds will not be used to enforce federal immigration laws. The city already practices the policy, but Inzunza said he wanted to underscore that fact.
"The mayor is sending the message that migrants are welcome in the city, which is one of the most diverse in San Diego County," said Enrique Morones of the group Border Angels, who advocated for the proclamation. "We want the whole country to see that this is a pro-migrant gesture and it's just the beginning. We're pushing for this nationwide."
Other California cities have similarly named themselves sanctuaries, including Maywood, Pomona, Huntington Park and Coachella.
Inzunza irked some members of the city council when he announced his plans during a radio interview earlier this month. The council members were upset he didn't discuss the proclamation with them.
The mayor said he didn't need council approval since he's not enacting any new laws, only reaffirming the city's current practice.
The Minutemen denounced the mayor's decision and made a proclamation of their own.
"We proclaimed National City as an anti-sanctuary," said Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen. "We think our proclamation is more in line with the opinion of the people. We welcome all legal immigrants, but we're not in favor of any city being a sanctuary for illegals."
hear that all illegal aliens, head south to National City they want you...
Cut off all federal funds.
I agree. Why should we give any federal funds to any city that wants to thumb its nose at federal policy.
All federal aid should immediate stop flowing to this town.
Another Idiot outs himself!
The Feds ought to be on him like white on rice.
I have no problem whith this city not spending money to support federal laws as long as they dont accept federal funds for schools, medicare, or highway improvements.
Key words there "ought to"
Why? The Fed doesn't give a damn about immigration laws either!
Mayor Nick, has a lot of slum property in the area, so he should be able to get top dollar renting them out to illegals, he did pull a John Kerry tho, and said the properties belonged to his wife, when this made news a while back..
I don't suppose the mayor will change his mind even if an illegal pumps four bullets into a cop's head like it happened in Houston.
National City is already Tijuana North, this doesn't change much.
That's the issue.
This city and its mayor should be cut off from all federal funding, direct and indirect.
The one thing I regret about Polk is that he didn't seize the entire damn country of Mexico when we had the chance and make it all American territory.
That explains why those cities are looking like dumps and resembling some of the third world sh!tholes one can see on the Discovery Channels telethons for poor kids.
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