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Lake Elsinore, Hemet back AZ immigration law

June 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two Southern California cities passed resolutions Tuesday night in support of Arizona's illegal immigration policy.While the city of Los Angeles continues to boycott the state of Arizona, Lake Elsinore and Hemet approved proclamations agreeing with Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

"We are a country of immigrants and it's fantastic, but to put the rights of those who sneak into our country ahead of those who come here legally is flat out wrong," Lake Elsinore Mayor Melissa Melendez said.

In Hemet, the City Council voted 4-0 to pass its own resolution, but support from the community is anything but unanimous.

"I agree with the concept of the law," said Juan Garcia, a Hemet resident since 1977. "But the way I think they're going to go about implementing and enforcing it, it's bound to create problems."

Garcia said he agrees with enforcing immigration laws, but he thinks Arizona's new law will only lead to discrimination.

"I do believe that somehow once they start implementing and enforcing the law, there's going to be some discrimination," he said.


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