Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/30/2010 10:09:35 PM PDT
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A group supporting Arizona’s immigration law attracted honks and hecklers Friday during a rally outside state Sen. Bob Dutton’s office.
The group – standing on the corner of Haven Avenue and Foothill Boulevard – held American flags, the Arizona flag and signs.
Their goal was to encourage citizens to read the Arizona law, Senate Bill 1070, and sign a petition asking Dutton to introduce similar legislation in California.
The Arizona law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, which is set to take effect July 29, requires police to check the legal status of anyone they “reasonably suspect” is an illegal immigrant.
Holding an American flag, Emily Stillion, a San Dimas resident and retired public school teacher, said the United States is under constant attack at the border.
“Our sovereignty is constantly violated, and our leaders are not defending us, and their first responsibility under the Constitution is to protect the citizens,” Stillion said.
The rally was organized by We The People, California’s Crusader, a Claremont-based anti-illegal-immigration group founded by Raymond Herrera.
Larry Venus, Dutton’s press secretary, said the lawmaker supports Arizona’s law but might not introduce a similar bill in the Legislature because California’s policy is already similar to that of Arizona.
“He isn’t in general going to be in favor of introducing legislation when there are already laws on the books to cover it,” Venus said. “We just have to have people enforce the laws.”
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