Council Declares City an Illegal Migrant Haven

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Coachella has become the latest Southern California city to declare itself a haven for illegal immigrants.

Council members this week approved a resolution condemning a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration and declared Coachella a “safe, healthy and dignified place to live for its immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status.”

Under the resolution, the city will not use local police to enforce immigration law, said Mayor Jesse Villarreal.

The city of 30,000 is 97% Latino.