We here at the BrokenCountry have news for Gil Navarro and the rest of the people out there that support absolute lawlessness. Acquanetta Warren is entitled to have an opinion that is contradictory to your own. This is America, not Mexico. You cannot control the way people think and what they believe in by screaming and threatening others.
What the Latino community is expecting here is for Americans, including Acquanetta Warren, to cower and apologize for supporting the laws of America.
We here at BrokenCountry.com want to give kudos and high fives to Acquanetta Warren, and every other public official that stands up to this “GANG” mentality of bullying people into submission.
One more thing. If Gil Navarro or any other illegal alien supporter does not like their life in Fontana, we invite you to go back your country of origin . . . . oh wait . . . you don’t want to do that because then you would not have the freedoms you enjoy at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.
The immigration issue has sparked a heated controversy between the Fontana City Council and Latino activists over the past several months, and the intense feelings continued to escalate during the May 26 meeting.
While activists try to expose “injustices” allegedly perpetrated by local authorities and to alert city leaders about the negative impact “racist” laws like SB 1070 in Arizona could cause to the region, some city leaders accuse activists of being “antagonists” and “troublemakers” who are creating problems that do not exist in Fontana.
The public comment section of the meeting has become a verbal battleground, and last week’s meeting was no different.
Latino activists, including Gil Navarro, a trustee for the San Bernardino County Board of Education, blasted Council Member Acquanetta Warren for strongly supporting SB 1070, the newly approved measure which aims to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Navarro, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 62nd Assembly District, called Warren a “racist” for supporting a law that gives law enforcement officers in Arizona the right to ask people for federal documents — a right that feeds racial profiling against minorities, according to activists.
“Acquanetta, I don’t understand what you have with your own black race, because you’ll never be a white Republican. They’ll never accept you, so you should not try to use that, the fact that Arizona has a law against immigrants,” said Navarro. “I don’t know where you’re coming from, but obviously what you’re trying to create is black against Latinos, and that’s racism.”
In an article published by the Black Voice News, Warren indicated that the high unemployment rate among African Americans is created by illegal immigrants, an opinion she formed after analyzing the results of a study called “Latino Employment and Black Violence: The Unintended Consequence of U.S. Policy.”
She defended her position on the issue, indicating it is all about “security” and “jobs” … “You bet it’s about jobs,” she added.
“This issue is a security issue. We need to protect our borders. We must safeguard against terrorists, criminals and drug pushers. And yes, it’s about jobs,” said Warren, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for the 63rd Assembly District. “Eight out of 10 illegal immigrants use some form of public assistance. The state is out of money and taxpayers are tired and they should not have to pay for those who are here illegally.”
Warren argued that English speakers often fight for jobs against non-English speakers, thus exacerbating unemployment rates among African Americans.
“You get here illegally; you need to learn how to speak English. You need to understand the culture in America,” said Warren. “Yes, the first one there should get the job, but if you get there and nobody speaks English, it’s kind of hard.”
LATINO activists have been urging the City Council to take a stand in favor of immigration. However, although Fontana’s population is more than 60 percent Hispanic/Latino, members of the City Council have voiced support for federal programs like the 287 (g) program, which gives law enforcement the right to act as immigrant officers.
Mayor Mark Nuaimi has refused to act on a request by activist Bobbi Jo Chavarria to start a dialogue to try to end discrimination and racism in the local area. Nuaimi said those problems do not exist here and said that Chavarria’s request is politically motivated because she has announced her intention to run for mayor in November.
City Council Member Frank Scialdone has participated in a meeting involving Chavarria’s group. However, Scialdone has said that if the group pushes the idea of stopping DUI checkpoints and bringing a resolution against the 287 (g) program, he will not participate in the dialogue.
The City Council’s position has attracted the attention of community activists like Steven Figueroa, an education consultant based in Riverside, who spoke against Nuaimi during the recent meeting.