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Contra Costa leaders to join Arizona debate

Original post made by voter on Jun 15, 2010

I understand that a quorum of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will sign a letter today calling on President Barack Obama and the federal government to declare Arizona's controversial immigration law unconstitutional.

Here's the link:

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Comments

Posted by beckyjean, a resident of Danville
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

Just a few things to say. First, it is so wonderful that our county is in such wonderful shape that our representatives have nothing to do but comment upon the actions of a different state. Secondly, under the Brown Act, as I understand it, a quorum of representatives can not meet in a secret, closed meeting. That violates the intent of open meetings. If this is simply political grandstanding then it should be LEGALLY put on the agenda and dealt with properly. If this is being done as individuals, then it should not be delivered under the cover of the Board of Supervisors.

Stop playing games and actually work on the business of this county.


Posted by Jim, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

Geez. How about the Board of Stupidvisors pay attention to Contra Costa County? Quite frankly, I'm ready to send an open letter to all the papers in Arizona telling them to send their illegals to California, regardless of what their reason for coming here is. The ridiculous mindset of our elected officials deserves no less.

The law mirrors Federal law, in fact, it includes more protection than the federal law. In addition, Arizona has an agreement with the feds to arrest and detain illegals on their behalf. AND, it has been federal law for 70 years that noncitizens carry documentation with them. The emotional knee jerk reaction is mind boggling.

Don't even get me started on the comments from Mexican officials...


Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

Dear Emily,

It appears that you have violated EMC East Bay Terms of Use in promoting a separate GOP website and publishing another news release. The website references provide political positions without the balance and fairness of your capable journalism.

Thus, you should revisit the reasons CCC Districts 1, 4, and 5, as Democrats, acted in appropriate party campaign fashion to join other State Democrats in opposing the likely results of the Arizona Law and its potential for violation of the civil rights of individuals as citizens, residents and guests of our country as provided by our Constitution and Federal Laws.

For balance and fairness, you might refer EXPRESS readers to the Democratic party website.

Hal/CDSI


Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2010 at 7:55 am

Apparently the three Supervisors supporting this idiocy are as dumb as they look. Do they also renounce the laws of the State of California that they took an outh to uphold?


California Penal Code Section 834b

(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.

(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:

(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

(2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.

(3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.
(c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited. (my note: I presume this means no "sanctuary cities")





Posted by John, a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

As usual an outside entity (CDSI Research, a resident of another community) attempts to intimidate the news to stifle getting out information on the misuse of the power of our elected officials. Our supervisors have no business commenting on the actions of other communities. It seems that the job of some "watch dog groups" is to attempt to suppress information that they do not want to be made available to the general public.


Posted by beckyjean, a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

The same facts are in today's Contra Costa Times. I also resent CDSI Research's attempt to prevent news from circling through the community. For the record, I am not a Republican, I simply believe in the free flow of information. I also would like to see elected officials actually do the job for which they are elected rather then grandstanding in a way that does NOTHING for their community.


Posted by Had Enough, a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:22 am

I didn't realize that Berkeley was in CC County. Arizona is not CC County business. Un-elect John Gioia, Susan Bonilla and Federal Glover.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

If the elected officials plan to send a letter to the president requesting that he declare Arizona's law unconstitutional, they should do it as individuals--not as elected officials; unless they ask the people of this neighborhood how they feel. Almost everyone that I have spoken with feels that Arizona is just doing it's job of protecting the border with little or no federal help. If people would stop getting on the Politically correct bandstand and really think about it, this is not the terrible thing that they are maaking it out to be. We need to face the fact that our borders are not secure and take steps to correct it. In case nobody's noticed we are aat war with terrorists that could stroll across the border as easily as the illegal immigrants who come here for work and money to send back to Mexico. Jane


Posted by William, a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:53 am


What part of the word 'illegal' don't you idiots understand??????


Posted by Sue Short, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

I agree with Jane. I commend Arizona for standing up for America and for legalization. Illegal immigration is just that - ILLEGAL.
Immigration is great - LEGAL immigration.