Written by Lynn Courtney

On December 30 at the Rialto City Hall a meeting took place while nobody was paying attention due to the holidays. Organizers invited interested Rialto community members to assist in organizing to make Rialto a SANCTUARY CITY for illegal immigrants. Sanctuary cities are a blatant violation of federal law. They undermine law enforcement and there is a clear connection to illegal immigration and crime. Further, they cost taxpayers millions out of our pockets. Most LEGAL immigrants oppose illegal immigration, and we need to give them respectful credit for that.
Newly elected Victorville City Council Member BLANCA GOMEZ was present and appeared to be an active part of the meeting, apparently in favor of sanctuary cities. Does Ms. Gomez’ signal participation in opening doors for the High Desert to follow? Does she advocate bringing the same to Victorville in the future as well? It is worth watching closely, and asking her what her role is in the Rialto push for sanctuary city status.
Additionally represented at this meeting was TOPEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) which is a Immigration Legal Center that serves migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties. TODEC’s mission is to ensure equitable access to information and services for limited and non-English speaking people. Also represented was LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Note: It does not say ‘legal’ Hispanic population.
Given the election that just occurred in which California passed marijuana laws which defy Federal Law, and is accepting and encouraging Sanctuary Cities that harbor perons who have illegally entering the US, defyig the Federal Law, they have laid the groundwork for major litigation, and it is ‘we the taxpayers’ who will pay for it.  It seems like Ms. Gomez is already poised to spend big money in legal fees if she tries to bring this to the High Desert.
***This was the invite that was sent out to a Rialto constituent.
“You are invited to the first meeting of the Rialto Sanctuary City Committee Meeting Friday, December 30th, 10:00am at City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave in Downtown Rialto. This is a small group meeting focused on Rialto residents who want to help lead us into the work that needs to be done. There will already be organizational leaders in attendance like Maribel Nunez, TODEC, and LULAC. Refreshments will be served.”
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