Arcadia could soon require contractors to comply with immigration laws, Alfred Lee reports.
Compliance with migrant law urged
By Alfred Lee, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/03/2008 11:11:55 PM PDT
ARCADIA – In what amounts to a largely symbolic stand against hiring illegal immigrants, city officials are considering adding wording to future contracts that specifically requires contractors to comply with immigration laws.
The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to draft language that could potentially be inserted into such contracts and preserve the city’s right to ask contractors for documentation of their employees at any point.
The move could be considered a token gesture, since the city already requires contractors to generally comply with all state and federal laws, including the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
But Mayor Robert Harbicht passionately argued that a stand needed to be made.
“This city has an opportunity to make a statement that we are not going to hire illegal aliens,” Harbicht said. “This particular thing is something that’s choking this whole region.”
The city attorney and city manager were directed to work on drafting the new contract wording, which will be brought back to council for a final decision.