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LOS ANGELES, February [LA IMC] The Los Angeles
City Council this
morning issued an official and harsh rebuke to
inland and border
anti-migrant vigilantes. The Council moved Item
No. 7 to second
position on the agenda, effectively declaring it
a consent item. The
Council resolved to "include in the City?s
2005-06 State and Federal
Legislative Program, SUPPORT of State or Federal
Legislation denouncing
and prohibiting the vigilante actions of
individuals against immigrants
along the border and within urban communities and
enact immigration
reform leading towards a path of permanent status
for immigrants here
now and wider legal channels for those coming in
the future.

LA City Council to Minutemen: Go Home!
by Leslie Radford Friday, Feb. 03, 2006 at 3:43
PM
 leslie@radiojustice.net
In a stinging denunciation, the L.A. City Council
goes on record
against the Minutemen and Save Our State, but
ices out the farmers.
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LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2006--The Los Angeles
City Council this
morning issued an official and harsh rebuke to
inland and border
anti-migrant vigilantes.
The Council moved Item No. 7 to second position
on the agenda,
effectively declaring it a consent item. The
Council resolved to
"include in the City's 2005-06 State and Federal
Legislative Program,
SUPPORT of State or Federal Legislation
denouncing and prohibiting the
vigilante actions of individuals against
immigrants along the border
and within urban communities and enact
immigration reform leading
towards a path of permanent status for immigrants
here now and wider
legal channels for those coming in the future."
Apparently anticipating unanimous consent,
Council President Eric
Garcetti asked scheduled public speakers, all in
support, to forego

their comments. Without opposition from the
council or the public, the
vote was 10-0, with Ed Reyes (1st District),
Dennis Zine (3rd
District), Tom LaBonge (4th District), Jack
Weiss, (5th District), Alex
Padilla (7th District), Herb Wesson (10th
District), Bill Rosendahl
(11th District) Greig Smith (12th District), and
Janice Hahn (15th
District) present and voting in favor.
The resolution, put forward by Garcetti and
Reyes, originated with in
the Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Welcome to L.A. for the March and Caravan for
Migrants
Although city officials may have been unaware of
it, the resolution's
passage is a city welcome to the March for
Migrants, a cross-country
caravan scheduled to arrive this evening at 6:00
p.m. at Placita
Olvera, after a 5:30 p.m. march from the downtown
Federal Building.
The evening will mark the deaths of Guillermo
Martinez Rodriguez, who
was shot in the back last month with a hollow
point bullet fired at
less than twenty feet by a border patrol agent,
and the thousands of
others who have died crossing the border since
the 1994 inception of
Operation Gatekeeper. United Farm Workers
co-founder and First Vice
President Emeritus Dolores Huerta will lead a
vigil at La Placita
Church.

The caravan will stop in Fresno, San Francisco,
and Sacramento to meet
with state legislators. In Arizona, caravanners
will memorialize
border deaths in Tucson, El Paso, and San
Antonio, with a special
ceremony at the Alamo. Then they're on to
Victoria where 19 migrants
died in a semi, Houston, and the JFK Memorial in
Dallas. Other
scheduled stops include Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama, and Atlanta
with a special message for CNN'S Lou Dobbs. After
passing through North
Carolina, the March for Migrants will end its
journey in Washington,
DC with a strong message of "no" to HR4437 and to
the recent wave of
right wing anti-migrant legislation, including
meetings with Senators
McCain and Kennedy, as well as other key
legislators, including members
of the Hispanic caucus.

Public Comments: HR 4437, the South Central
Farm, and Lincoln Heights
In other business this morning, the City Council
heard from several
citizens and citizen groups. La Placita
Immigrants Working Group,
CARECEN, and the Immigration Solidarity Network
asked the Council to
oppose HR 4437 and support a plan that leads to
permanent residency and
citizenship, and to reaffirm its support for
Special Order 40, which
prevents the police from questioning, detaining
or interrogating
persons solely because of suspected undocumented
immigration status.
In a stunning 10-day mobilization, over 10,000
signatures were
collected on a petition supporting the position,
according to CARECEN
spokesperson Elda Martinez. The City Council
received the petition and
is expected to take up the request in the next
week.
Also notable among the public comments were half
a dozen South Center
Farmers, who pleaded with the Council to take
action in what they
called the "dire situation" at the farm. Only
Reyes, Padilla, and
LaBonge were seated to hear their plaint.
Padilla buried his head and
sorted papers (as he did throughout public
comments). Reyes rubbed his
face and head in apparent frustration.
Rosendahl, usually noteworthy
for his strong statements in support of the
people's interests, was
buried in a corner consulting with suited
bystanders.

Some of the remaining residents of Lincoln
Heights begged the Council
to find a way to keep them in their homes.
Supporters presented
evidence indicating other housing was out of
reach of the aging,
fixed-income residents. Two decades-long
residents, one aided by a
cane and the arm of a younger person, broke into
tears as they asked
the Council for relief. Two Council members,
including Rosendahl,
added their concern.
Full Resolution of the Los Angeles City Council
Intergovernmental
Relations Committee

The resolution against anti-migrant vigilantes
passed by the Council
reflected its endorsement of the
Intergovernmental Relations
Committee's full findings, as follows:
WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los
Angeles with respect
to legislation, rules, regulations or policies
proposed to or pending
before a local, state or federal governmental
body or agency must have
first been adopted in the form of a Resolution by
the City Council with
the concurrence of the Mayor; and
WHEREAS, more than a quarter of California's
residents were born abroad
and more than half of California's low-wage
working families are
immigrant families; and
WHEREAS, 36 percent of Los Angeles' population
immigrated from abroad;
and
WHEREAS, we must value the dignity of all our
immigrant residents,
regardless of immigration status, and recognize
the importance of their
many contributions to the social, religious,
cultural and economic life
of the City; and
WHEREAS, we must recognize the strength derived
from the cultural
diversity of our immigrants and diverse
communities in moving toward
the end of discrimination in all its forms, and
WHEREAS, the media have reported the existence
of; and planned
existence of, groups of private individuals who
wish to take the
initiative to achieve greater enforcement of the
immigration laws, to
prevent the entry of undocumented workers coming
to the United States,
and to help with the removal of persons who may
be identified by those
groups; and
WHEREAS, it is feared that civilian patrol groups
may no longer confine
their activities to border areas, but have begun
to enter major urban
areas, where they have videotaped day laborers or
stopped people to
demand proof of citizenship; and
WHEREAS, border enforcement only works when our
laws are realistic and
enforceable, and currently our immigration laws
are neither realistic
nor enforceable as they divide families and
prevent civic participation
by all community members; and
WHEREAS, we should strongly reject civilian
attempts to enforce
immigration law; they threaten the public safety
and civil rights of
our residents and could only be conducive to a
hostile environment,
scapegoating and to aggressive behavior; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles has played a
leading role in the
protection of immigrant rights and has
consistently promoted tolerance
and respect for the rights, free speech and lives
of all its residents,
including immigrants and their families;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the
concurrence of the Mayor, that
by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of
Los Angeles hereby
includes in its 2005-2006 State and Federal
Legislative Program support
for any legislation which 1. denounces the
vigilante actions of private
individuals or groups along the border and
entering our urban
communities to engage presumably in civilian
patrol initiatives to
assist the federal government in enforcing the
immigration laws; 2.
prohibits or otherwise hinders any vigilante type
civilian action
resulting in spying on others or sharing
information with law
enforcement officers and fosters the view that
each and every person
who is present within the city, county, and
state, are presumptively
here lawfully as citizen, legal resident, or
visitor with appropriate
documentation; and 3. enacts comprehensive
immigration reform that
combines a path to permanent status for
immigrants here and wider legal
channels for those coming in the future with
humane and effective
enforcement.

PRESENTED BY:
(signed) Eric Garcetti
Councilman, 13th District
SECONDED BY:
(signed) Ed P. Reyes