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1/3/06 Costa Mesa, CA: Protest against The City's Decision to Deputize Police Officers
Released 31 December 2005  By Duane Roberts

Protest against Costa Mesa's Decision to Deputize Police Officers

WHEN: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
TIME/WHERE: Protest begins at 5PM at the Costa Mesa City Council (77
Fair Drive)

From: Duane Roberts

COSTA MESA- On Tuesday, January 03, concerned citizens forming a
collective called Tonantzin will converge upon the Costa Mesa City
Council in protest of the City Council's decision to train city
police to enforce immigration law. The measure was approved by the
council on December 7, 2005. Costa Mesa will be the first United
States city to merge police and immigration duties.

This measure raises concern amongs the Mexican and Central American
community. How will officers distinguish between those who are legal
and illegal- Will all who come in contact with police be asked to
validate citizenship - people will be subject to racial profiling,
based on appearance and surname. The measure will also erode
relations between immigrants and police, as immigrants will fear
reporting crimes. Furthermore, vigilantism may increase, as residents
may attack and harass Hispanics they believe to be illegal.

Police officers are not border patrol agents! All are invited to
demand the repeal of the City Council's decision and prevent racial
profiling and unfair attacks on immigrants in Costa Mesa.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 03, 2006

TIME/WHERE: Protest begins at 5PM at the Costa Mesa City Council (77
Fair Drive)

Why: Then at 6pm protesters will take over the city council to speak
out against the proposal of Mayor Allan Mansoor demanding 1) The
re-opening of the day Labor cite. 2). The withdrawl of the vote that
will give power to certain police officers to enforce immigration
law. 3) The recall of those city council official who voted for the
closing of the day labor cite and the proposal that will give power
to police officers to enforce immigration laws.

Press contact: Coyotl Tezcalipoca,

Phone 714 299-8817


"Costa Mesa police will enforce immigration law." Overley, Jeff.

Orange County Register. Dec. 7, 2005.

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