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ANAHEIM PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF COMPREHENSIVE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION REFORM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 18, 2013) At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a Resolution in support of comprehensive federal immigration reform. The Resolution encourages the United States Congress to adopt and enact immigration reform based on six main principles, many of which have been outlined by both business and labor groups working in collaboration to promote reform at the federal level.
As outlined in the resolution, the immigration reform would provide a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, focus on securing international borders while providing practical controls, improve the current visa program, assess the labor market’s needs accurately and admit foreign workers based on those needs, increase workforce talent outreach programs, and effectively process the backlog of existing visa applications streamlining the process.
“Anaheim’s Resolution calls for immigration reform based in humanity that will address practical realities that we face at the local level,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
“This is a defining moment,” stated Council Member Jordan Brandman who asked for the Resolution to be placed on the agenda. “Labor, business, and community leaders across the country have joined forces in support of enacting comprehensive immigration reform. It was my honor to bring this matter forward for Council consideration in Anaheim – where we continue to set the standard for visionary leadership and respectful understanding by the passage of this Resolution.”
As outlined in the City’s Resolution, the City Clerk has been directed to send a copy to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representative, the President of the United States Senate, and the Members of the 113th Congress representing the City of Anaheim.
A copy of the Resolution can be accessed by clicking here.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.5 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.