Council committee backs immigration resolution on party-line vote

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Immigration Reform RallySAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee Wednesday approved a resolution in support of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Democrats prevailed in the 3-2 vote that was split along party lines. The resolution, which is largely symbolic, requires the approval of the full City Council.

Republicans Kevin Faulconer and Mark Kersey, whose attempts to introduce their own resolution and amend the Alvarez document were rebuffed, cast the dissenting ballots.

Committee Chairwoman Sherri Lightner said a GOP version would be considered at another time.

Alvarez said the language of the resolution was purposely vague, but the gist of it was to enable immigrants already in this country a way to stay here.

“We purposefully left out all the other intricacies of all the discussions because we could get really, really detailed and make this really, really long, or we can say together that at the epicenter of immigration reform — of this civil rights issue — is a pathway to citizenship,” Alvarez said.

The resolution states that the City Council “supports a reasonable and comprehensive approach to reforming the currently broken immigration system that is in the best interest of this country we all love.”

It also calls for keeping families together and providing a “reasonable” pathway to citizenship that’s not tied to border security, especially for those who were brought to the United States as children and grew up in this country.

The resolution refers to “shortsighted border enforcement strategies that add extra obstacles and burdens to full reform.”

Alvarez said he would discuss with Faulconer and Kersey a competing resolution.

The resolution from City Council Republicans supports “a reasonable and practical plan that allows unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States to earn legal status and is contingent upon successfully securing the nation’s borders.”

It also backs a system for employers to verify if job applicants are in the country legally and “aggressive accountability measures” for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Alvarez objected to “legal status” in place of a “pathway to citizenship.” He said he believed border security is good enough.

Eight U.S. senators, four Democrats and four Republicans, are drafting new federal legislation governing immigration and border security.


  • Ron

    Only if they tell us the truth, was Ronald Regan correct when he said we have 12 million illegal aliens here or is Barack Obama correct when he said we only have 12 million illegal aliens here. Take your time I know math is difficult for some people.

  • Roy

    "We only want to be legal" – start by coming to this country in a legal way. Don't sneek here and demand "your" right's. Why are mexicans the only people complaining about it? Everybody else get's in line, take's a number and wait's their turn. It would not kill you to learn English, after all, you have LEGAL AMERICAN'S job's and get paid in AMERICAN money.

  • Doug K

    Tell me again why the City Council is spending time and money on this? Don't they have a city to run hence the name "City Council"

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