Friday, September 5, 2008

City Council and Immigration Language

Alfred Lee at the SGVN authored an article in the Tribune outlining a vote by the Arcadia City Council that directs staff to research amended contract language prohibiting contractors working within the City from hiring illegal immigrants. The vote and subsequent article have brought out various opinions on the topic. From comments on the SGVN site to political and other blogs, folks have differing thoughts on the matter. Here is a brief excerpt from the article;

Arcadia considering stand against undocumented workers
By Alfred Lee,
Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/03/2008 11:55:57 PM

ARCADIA - In what amounts to a largely symbolic stand against
hiring illegal immigrants, city officials are considering adding wording to future contracts that specifically requires contractors to comply with immigration laws.

The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to draft language that could
potentially be inserted into such contracts and preserve the city's right to
ask contractors for documentation of their employees at any point...

Comments and articles can be found on other sites such as Topix, the Leftovers Blog, and the Flash Report in addition to the initial article.

This topic is interesting to the members of the APOA because it has the potential to ultimately influence other administrative orders that could impact our actions. In dealing with the public, our Officers currently make no inquiry as to a person's "status". It has no bearing on our actions in the field. Persons should have no fear of contacting the police for assistance. If someone is detained or arrested and found to have some form of an immigration related want or warrant, we obviously take action and deal with that particular court order.

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