Immigration reform

Backers cite Arizona’s law
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/04/2011 06:07:10 PM PDT

More than 100 people, many carrying American flags, rallied at the state Capitol on Monday in support of an immigration enforcement bill introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

Donnelly, R-Claremont, authored the bill after the controversial anti-illegal immigration law that Arizona lawmakers adopted in 2010.

The “Secure Immigration Enforcement Act,” or Assembly 26, will be heard today by the Judiciary Committee.

The law aims to deter illegal immigrants from living and working in California by enforcing immigration laws against employers who hire them despite knowing their residency status.

“Given that they are spending between $11 (billion) and $22 billion for the cost of (state) service to people here in the country illegally that makes it a budget issue,” said Donnelly, a tea party member.

“It’s not just about the rule of law. It’s also much larger than that. In my bill, we go beyond just the dollars right now. People want jobs, and jobs should go to American citizens first.”

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, the lead author of Arizona’s immigration bill, joined Donnelly at the rally and acknowledged the bill would likely not be passed due to the dominance of Democrats in Sacramento.

“I hope (the lawmakers who vote against AB26) are held accountable for their vote,” Pierce said. “They continue to ignore the will of the people and ignore the damage to this state. It’s about time we hold lawmakers accountable as they defend law breakers over law keepers.”

The Arizona immigration law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last April, known as SB1070, produced protests, boycotts and court fights.

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