[Cross-posted from OC Daily]
At a candidate forum last night sponsored by a coalition of progressive political groups, Anaheim City Council candidate Mark Lopez gave his support to making Anaheim a “sanctuary city.” Lopez is running for city council from District 5.
The forum was for all candidates running in the four council districts on the November ballot; eleven were there. It was co-sponsored by the ACLU of Southern California, the Anaheim Poverty Task Force, the Anaheim Youth Justice Coalition, the Arab American Civic Council, CAIR-LA, LEAN, LGBT Center OC, NAACP OC, OCCCO, Orange County Equality Coalition, Resilience OC and Women For:OC.
There were few truly undecided voters among the audience, which was dominated by progressive activists; and questions posed to the candidates were generally from the left side of the political spectrum. A Fullerton College student asked the candidates if they “would support a resolution to make Anaheim a sanctuary city for the undocumented community, yes or no, and what would you do to help and protect the undocumented community in Anaheim.”
The Voice of OC – whose publisher Norberto Santa moderated the forum – reported:
“District 3 candidate Jose F. Moreno and Lopez both cited personal experiences with being undocumented in their support for such a resolution.“
Lopez told the audience that his father had been undocumented, and that he had sponsored him for citizenship “a few years ago,” noted his opposition to deportations that split up families, and then said he did not want the city to enforce immigration laws or doing “immigration checks.”
Sanctuary cities once again became a hot political issue with the murder of Kathryn Steinle last year in San Francisco by Francisco Sanchez, a criminal illegal immigrant who was at large due to the S.F’s “sanctuary city” status. Sanchez had been deported five times and was in the custody of the San Francisco Police Department. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) had requested an immigration detainer, but the police department refused due to San Francisco’s sanctuary city status.
YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.