Many of the individuals at last night’s Washougal City Council meeting showed up primarily to indicate how they feel regarding the council’s recent decision to support the Arizona immigration law.
On July 6, councilors voted 5 to 2 in favor of a resolution in support of enforcing federal immigration laws on the state level. The resolution encourages state representatives of the 15th and 18th legislative districts to sponsor legislation in the next session similar to the immigration law recently adopted in Arizona.
That law authorizes state and local law enforcement officers — if they have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that someone is an illegal alien — to determine the person’s immigration status.
Allen Rogers, of Vancouver, thanked the council for “supporting the rule of law.” Rogers is the chairman of the Washington Citizens for Responsible Government.
Gary Wiram, of Vancouver, said he had German ancestors who arrived on Ellis Island.
“Thank you for the vote to protect the sovereignty of our nation,” he said.
Wiram is hoping the Vancouver City Council will support a similar resolution.
Ed Jara, of Vancouver, said he was frustrated and discontented with the Washougal council’s vote and mentioned it could “negatively impact the documented immigrant community.”