Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mansoor Calls Press Conference On Immigration Tomorrow

Well, how's that for a bit of fortuitous timing? One minute past the close of business today, at 5:01 p.m., and not too long after I posted my last entry, I received a press release from the City of Costa Mesa announcing that Mayor Allan Mansoor has called a press conference at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 28th in the City Council Chambers to discuss immigration.

In a campaign year when he's trying to take the big step to Sacramento, I guess the recent new law in Arizona has given him just the boost he needed to dredge up his favorite subject.

According to the press release, Mansoor will provide an "overview the success of the City’s ICE program and outline additional proposals he will be bringing before the City Council for discussion and consideration." The press conference will be open to the public.

Mansoor is quoted as saying, "I believe our City has set the example for communities nation-wide in terms of our commitment to support the upholding of immigration laws at the local level. The results of our efforts speak for themselves although there is much more that can and should be done. The purpose of this Press Conference is to highlight the successes, identify opportunities for more effective enforcement, and to highlight additional measures that I will be proposing to my fellow City Council members for further review and discussion."

I expect there may be a packed house tomorrow because it seems he's going to thump himself on the chest about his "great accomplishments" with "his" ICE program. Of course, it really isn't the program he wanted - it's one he had to settle for. One never knows what he has up his sleeve, but when he tells us he's going to "identify opportunities for more effective enforcement" and that he will "highlight additional measures", you know this isn't going to be good news for the Latinos in our community.

I wouldn't be surprised if he will attempt to propose a new municipal ordinance along the lines of Arizona's state law that will permit Costa Mesa cops to stop anyone they choose to ask about their status in this country. Suffice it to say that we will make every attempt to attend this press conference to hear exactly what Mayor Mansoor has on his mind.

And, of course, this dovetails nicely into his fund raiser at the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) meeting tomorrow night. Nobody ever said he wasn't an opportunist!

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Anonymous Gary Craig said...

The improvers in our city enjoy pointing to the non-existent "slums" in Costa Mesa, as proof positive that we need, among other things tougher law enforcement, including local involvement in federal immigration issues.
One sure way to turn any community into a fearful polarized ghetto is to have local law inforcement lose trust in policing their neighborhood. This includes immigration policy. Who will report a mugging in their neighborhood if the police will deport you, or at least shake you down?
As evidence, take a look at the results (statistically not annecdotally) of the Gates versus Bratton regimes in Los Angeles.
The last editorial Bratton wrote in the LA Times was on the topic of local enforcement of immigration laws and he was dead set against it. He opposed this because it created mistrust in the community whose partnership he needed to fight crime.
Brattons position is pragmatic policing, not ideology.
Monsoor is playing the same race card, during a hell of a recession, that California politicians played against the Oakies coming out of the dustbowl to work in California, and later the Braceros.
Costa Mesa Uber Alles!

4/27/2010 09:02:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Talk about having your finger on the pulse.....

4/27/2010 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Vern Nelson said...

With Bill Hunt, Allan Mansoor, and Tan Nguyen on the ballot, this year's elections in OC are going to be all about race. Santa Ana and Costa Mesa hispanics had better get their act together, register to vote, and VOTE!

4/27/2010 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Mansoor, a marginal - and now former - sheriff's deputy, has demonstrated over and over again that he hasn't the slightest idea of real law enforcement. He consistently ignored the wise counsel of his professional law enforcement staff through three police chiefs. This press conference is going to be nothing more than a city-sponsored campaign event for him in his run for Van Tran's seat. Wonder if he's going to serve finger food and drinks?

4/27/2010 11:12:00 PM  

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