Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/05/2011 06:04:34 PM PDT

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted down Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s bills targeting illegal immigration in California.

Donnelly, R-Claremont, had presented two bills to the committee, which voted 7-3 against both, on a straight party vote.

“While I am disappointed that Assembly Bill 26 will not move forward this year, I am greatly encouraged by the incredible show of support the bill received,” Donnelly said on Tuesday.

“This is not the end of the fight to protect citizens from the many problems caused by illegal immigration in California, and I look forward to continued work on this critical issue. ”

Donnelly said the state spends between $11 billion and $22 billion in services to undocumented workers, and his bill would help reduce the cost by deterring illegal immigrants in the state.

Prior to the vote, Donnelly said those who vote against the bill would have to answer to the public.

“I think that some causes are worth fighting for, no matter that the odds are, and as long as you never give up, you can’t be defeated,” Donnelly said. “How long did it take us to end slavery?”

The main bill, AB26, would have allowed residents to file lawsuits against so-called “sanctuary cities,” which do not cooperate with federal immigration officials. It also would have required employers to verify applicants’ citizenship.

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