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Council to hold immigration talk

Event: Officials to discuss strategies for dealing with undocumented worker impact

Posted: June 25, 2010 9:27 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a public meeting Monday night to hear about the effects of immigration and immigration law locally and nationally.

Deputy City Manager Darren Hernandez said an expert on immigration law will present historical and global issues surrounding immigration.

Councilman Bob Kellar said he hopes local residents attend the meeting to learn about the impact of illegal immigration.

“I consider the issue of illegals and their impacts on our community a significant issue, and I’ll be looking forward to being a part of the discussion,” Kellar said. “I am hoping very much that we as a council will be able to draw on some ideas and things we might be able to do to protect our community from the impacts of illegals.”

Officials from the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will talk about their roles and authority for enforcement, Hernandez said.

City Attorney Carl Newton will be on hand to overview a recent court ruling and how it applies to Santa Clarita.
The council agreed to hold a study session on the issue of illegal immigration after comments from Kellar at an anti-illegal immigration rally sparked a brief nationwide furor.

The issue emerged in the forefront of the City Council election in April and remains a hot national topic due to Arizona’s recently passed anti-illegal immigration law.

The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex’s activities center in Santa Clarita Room A and B. The center is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.



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