Francisco Medina is an illegal immigrant who lives in Huntington Park, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Not only does Medina apparently live and work without any concern about getting into legal trouble for being in the United States illegally, he is now finding that his “undocumented” status in the Golden State is akin to a “golden ticket” to advancement in the community.
Medina and another illegal alien, Julian Zatarain, have reportedly been appointed as commissioners on city advisory boards — the first time such a move has been made in California. The member of the Huntington Park city council who picked the two illegals for the positions, according to the CBS-TV station in Los Angeles, says that “he promised voters while running for office that he would create more opportunities for undocumented residents.”
“Huntington Park is a city of opportunity and a city of hope for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, creed, or in this case, citizenship,” the councilman said in a statement [to CBS-LA].
The appointment of two illegal immigrants to official positions in this California city caused quite an uproar at a council meeting Monday night. Legal residents complained that the council’s action essentially makes a mockery of the law and sends the “wrong message to the community and to the country.”
By clicking on the video above, you can see for yourself how city officials proudly supported the controversial move to boost the status of these two illegals, while a number of their constituents spoke out loudly against it.
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