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WeHo considers denouncing AZ's immigration law

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May 3, 2010 3:58:54 PM PDT
The City of West Hollywood may soon join the economic boycott of Arizona in protest of the state's new anti-illegal immigration law.In an effort to oppose SB1070, Arizona's new anti-immigration law, the West Hollywood City Council will consider adopting a resolution denouncing it and calling upon the city manager to immediately suspend official travel to the state of Arizona.

The resolution would also develop additional financial sanctions until such time as the new law is revoked at its regular meeting on Monday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

This new law, considered to be the broadest and strictest immigration measure in decades, makes it a state crime to be in the US illegally requires legal immigrants to carry proper documentation; requires police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in this country illegally; and authorizes citizens to sue the local government for not enforcing the law. It aims to identify, prosecute and deport immigrants who will also face fines of up to $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

"For 25 years, the City of West Hollywood has stood at the forefront of supporting human rights," said Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, who authored the resolution. "As a beacon for all those who have sought refuge, West Hollywood cannot be silent. We must send a loud and clear message that revoking the rights of a minority class of citizens is an unacceptable and unconscionable practice. I am hopeful that my colleagues on the City Council will support suspension of travel to and financial sanctions against Arizona."


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