Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on illegal immigration

Is Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson for or against illegal immigration? It depends on when you asked him. Kevin Johnson, who once played for the Phoenix Suns, announced he was joining Gavin Newsom’s boycott of Arizona. Later in the day Johnson told the Sacramento Bee he was not for a boycott. Apparently Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon asked Johnson to boycott the boycott.

The controversy centers around a new law passed in Arizona. SB 1070 simply adds a state penalty to what was already a federal crime. The new law prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens and makes it a state crime for an alien to commit certain federal immigration crimes. It also requires police officers who, in the course of a traffic stop or other law-enforcement action, come to a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal alien verify the person’s immigration status with the federal government.

Johnson announced in his personal blog that the Arizona law amounts to “discretionary bigotry”. Johnson is apparently unaware or has ignored the fact that the same law applies to the entire US and has since the 1940’s. At a time when Sacramento faces issues including budget cuts that are costing the Sacramento area residents police officers on the street, Mayor Johnson feels compelled to deal with issues in another state.

Many are calling for our local officials to worry about local issues like they were elected to do. In addition to Johnson and San Fransisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom, Councilman Kevin McCarty is also calling for a boycott of Arizona. McCarty supports symbolic gestures of displeasure with another state rather than working on the issues in Sacramento.

7 Responses to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on illegal immigration

  1. Scott, last I checked, Sacramento is a city not a state. Please work on your geography first.

    • Interesting Dave that you won’t take a stand on the issue itself, but you are quick to criticize someone that does take a stand.

  2. I’m a Mexican American , My Father fought in the war ( Korea ), Does this Mean Arizona is going to be a Nazi State ? for sure Police will be Targeting Latinos who are Americans and that don’t set well with me at all. I Can’t believe Obama is allowing this to Happen. the is a Slap in the Face to American born Latinos everywhere, Cuba , Purto Rico ,Cuba , El Salvador , South America. this is a Racist Act. If i was a Latino Police Officer in Arizona i would have turned in my Badge. This is a insult!

  3. It’s insulting to enforce federal law? Tony what other laws do you feel that enforcing them is insulting?

  4. Just one independent style in Fox news within the Tv show. He has a actually tough immigration law coverage. They graduated on the Harvard College. Right now he offers her one Radio Show. He do not such as this American us president.

  5. I don’t understand why so many people in high places have a problem with Arizona’s SB1070. I mean do these individuals really want to live in a society where the law isn’t enforced?

    Just take a look at what is going on down in Mexico! Can you say ANARCHY!?

    Kevin Johnson should really focus his attention on addressing the serious issues that Sacramento in facing and let Arizona deal with their own issues.

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