Huntington Park is the first city in California to appoint two illegal immigrants as commissioners.
Councilman Jhonny Pineda appointed Francisco Medina to the health and education commission and Julian Zatarain to the parks and recreation commission, Washington Times reported.
“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,” Mr. Pineda, 32, said in a statement.
“Both these gentlemen have accomplished a great deal for the city. For that, on behalf of the city council, mayor, and our city, I want to say thank you to them both and I am confident they will do an excellent job on their commission posts.”
The video obtained from Fox news shows the woman’s justified outburst.
Mayor Karina Macias also expressed her support for the appointments.
“Our population includes documented and undocumented immigrants, and I wanted to make sure everyone could participate,” she said.
According to the Free Beacon the appointments were announced at a city council meeting Monday night, after which residents expressed outrage at the decision.
“You only want to appoint these specific individuals, only two, because they’re your personal friends that worked on your campaign,” one individual said of Pineda. “Shame on you.”
Sandra Orozco, an activist in the community, explained that the move sends “the wrong message to other cities that you can be illegal, and you can come and work for a city.”
However, Pineda insisted that a city attorney approved the appointments and that a commissioner does not need to be a registered voter.
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