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Illegal-immigration opponents say lawmaker barred them from public meeting

Illegal-immigration opponents say lawmaker barred them from public meeting

Members of a group that opposes public benefits for immigrants in the country illegally have filed complaints with the state alleging that a lawmaker violated their civil rights by excluding them from a public meeting on the issue. The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing is looking into complaints by four activists alleging that they were improperly excluded from a recent meeting in South Gate to which the public had been invited by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). The event at South Gate Park Auditorium was described by Lara's office as a "community roundtable" on immigration, co-sponsored by UCLA. The complaints come as state lawmakers have...

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