Huntington Park just made history by becoming the first city in California to appoint two illegal immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards. City Councilman Jhonny Pineda campaigned on allowing illegals more opportunities in city government.
Pineda delivered on that promise by appointing Julian Zatarain for the parks and recreation commission and Francisco Medina to join the health and education commission. Mayor Karina Macias supported the appointments. The two illegal immigrants will be advising council on legislation and will not be paid for their time.
CBSLA reported from the contentious council meeting. The appointments were made over the objections of citizens in attendance.
“You only want to appoint these specific individuals, only two, because they’re your personal friends that worked on your campaign,” one resident stated to Pineda at the meeting. “Shame on you.”
Community activist Sandra Orozco also spoke out against the appointments, stating that they send the wrong message to the community and to the country.
“We’re sending the wrong message to other cities that you can be illegal, and you can come and work for a city,” Orozco said.
Huntington Park now has two commissioners who are breaking the law by remaining in this country illegally. The city doesn’t seem to have objections about giving official positions to people who don’t have respect for the laws.
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