By the end of the week, a Simi Valley church will be billed almost $40,000 for police presence during a weekend protest against the church's sheltering of an illegal immigrant.
The city of Simi Valley is sending a $39,306 invoice to the United Church of Christ for costs incurred for police services at the protest.
The Sunday protest brought out about 125 anti-illegal immigration activists and counterprotesters. Simi officials said that by publicly announcing the decision to shelter an illegal immigrant, the church essentially provoked the protesters to come and create a possible disturbance — one that police had to monitor.
Mayor Paul Miller told the council Monday night that he's ready to send out the bill right away. He called church members irresponsible for "harboring an illegal immigrant."
"This city is not going to be known as sanctuary city,'" Miller said.
Mayor Miller puts his foot down
Uh...so who's the lawbreaker causing all the trouble this time? Would you believe another illegal alien who got herself pregnant so she can have that little lottery ticket illegals call "anchor baby":
The church has been sheltering "Liliana", an illegal immigrant from Oxnard...
Now stop right there. If "Liliana" was from Oxnard, she wouldn't be an illegal alien. Liliana is from Mexico. I just had to interject.
...and her U.S.-born infant son for several weeks. Wanted for deportation, the woman is living in the church's former parsonage as part of a national New Sanctuary Movement aimed at keeping families of illegal immigrants together.
The City Council made it clear it doesn't want Liliana in a Simi Valley church.
At the council meeting, Miller said he sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, requesting immigration officials take custody of Liliana.
Just curious. Where's the father of the baby? If the church really wanted to keep the family together, don't you think they could go find the dad?
And nobody is threatening to break the family up. The baby can go back to Mexico with the mother.