JANUARY 04, 2006
Violence between Mexican activists and anti-illegal immigration advocates broke out in the small Southern California city of Costa Mesa over a new law that makes it the nation’s first city to authorize its police department to enforce federal immigration laws.
Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said he proposed the law, which passed by a vote of 3-2, because many of the residents in the city of 108,000 requested it. Police officers will work with federal immigration officials and sheriff’s deputies to determine the immigration status of suspects arrested for other crimes.
Among those arrested for violently protesting the new law, was illegal-immigration advocate Coyotl Tezcalipoca, the head of the radical group Tonantzin Collective. Another Mexican rights group present at last night’s City Council meeting was the Atlachinolli Front. One local political blog, Orange Juice, wrote that the protest will only make Latinos look worse and that Latinos don’t help themselves when they operate like Euro left-wing terror cells.
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