The second meeting of the Welcoming Anaheim immigration task force is meeting this Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Gordon Hoyt Conference Room on the 2nd Floor in the Anaheim West Tower, 201 S. Anaheim Boulevard. No agenda is yet available.
This site has secured some video from the inaugural meeting of the immigration task force, the brainchild of leftist Councilman Jose Moreno and ostensibly led by his political ally, Mayor Tom Tait. In this clip, OC Labor Federation Executive Director Julio Perez explains that DUI checkpoints are viewed as a threat by undocumented immigrants:
“Now, before this last November election, yeah, our people were walking around the streets, welcoming, they would come into city hall and other areas. But now with the new regime – which I like to call it — now our people are scared. They’re scared not only to come to city hall, but to open their door to anybody.
So the interaction that communities, especially undocumented people have, with government agencies has been very negative, okay. So if you have or have not been update…if you’re in a network, you start saying, ‘Hey, there’s a raid in Euclid, there’s a raid on Harbor Street. So what is that interaction? It could be a simply a police officer doing a routine stop, or a DUI stop.
So the way immigrant communities and undocumented people see DUI stops, it’s an attack on our communities. It could be just a routine thing, and we’re saying let’s do these DUI stops somewhere, but I’ve never seen a DUI stop outside of a bar – it’s usually next to some of the heavily community…immigrant communities.”
No agenda for this Friday’s immigration task force meeting has yet been posted. Thus far, Mayor Tait has not made good on his promise to agendize a repeal of the council authorization of the Welcoming Anaheim immigration task force in order to de-couple it from Brown Act open government law requirements for transparency and disclosure.