Friday, September 29, 2006
National City Mayor Nick Inzunza will declare his city a sanctuary for immigrants Saturday. However, Inzunza will not deliver his proclamation at a rally to celebrate the announcement. He’s afraid of inciting violence. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Inzunza says the proclamation makes it clear that National City law enforcement authorities and government employees will not have to enforce federal immigration laws. The proclamation largely consolidates what is already standard practice in National City. However, Inzunza says the city Police warned him presenting the document at the rally could incite violence.
Inzunza : They are certain that Minutemen or their cronies are going to be within the rally group. And as soon as I make the speech and do the proclamation, its kind of a, they’re fearful that will incite someone to do something. And they said from there it is just a huge mess.
National City Police expect more than 400 protestors will attend the event. One hundred thirty officers will be on duty. At a rally in National City last weekend, an anti-illegal immigrant activist was arrested for allegedly kicking a sheriff’s deputy. Amy Isackson, KPBS news.