CITY HALL ? A resolution that would have resulted in Glendale's official opposition to a controversial immigration reform bill now winding through Congress failed to garner enough votes to pass Tuesday night.
The resolution, which was suggested by Mayor Rafi Manoukian, would have partnered the city with Los Angeles, which recently passed a similar resolution against House Resolution 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act. The bill, proposed by Reps. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin and Peter King of New York, would require local police agencies to take on immigration enforcement duties and would make it a felony for anyone to assist illegal immigrants through counseling, employment assistance or other charitable programs.
The law would also require construction of dozens of miles of additional fencing at various points along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The legislation has passed the House and is now being considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is in the process of writing his own version of the legislation, said Elaine Aguilar, assistant to City Manager Jim Starbird.