City adopts resolution supporting controversial immigration legislation
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/17/2010 07:14:27 AM PDT

HIGHLAND – The line in the sand has grown longer as more jurisdictions begin to publicly express support for Arizona’s polarizing immigration law.

The impending law’s official language states when Arizona law enforcement officers make “any lawful stop, detention or arrest” of a person, that person’s citizenship status must be checked if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal immigrant.

What started with boycotts in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco has prompted a wave of cities to side with Arizona’s law.

With a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the Highland City Council joined the list by approving a resolution supporting the law. Councilman Larry McCallon was absent. Lake Elsinore and Hemet have passed similar resolutions.

“It’s for the people that pay their taxes,” said Mayor Penny Lilburn. “If people don’t like it, then they don’t have to live here.”

Councilwoman Jody Scott said she asked to have the resolution placed on a future agenda during a meeting in late-May.

“I think anytime anyone stands up for the rights of the citizens of this country, I think they should be commended,” Scott said. “How many times are we going to give amnesty to the illegals? It’s got to stop somewhere.”

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