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Discord between public and Cudahy City Council highlights line between free speech and disrupting government business




Cudahy City Council members say anti-illegal immigration activists hostility forced the council to move the location of its meetings from chambers to a
Cudahy City Council members say anti-illegal immigration activists hostility forced the council to move the location of its meetings from chambers to a "safer" space.
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Self-described "anti-illegal immigration" activists are expanding their protests of small city governments in South Los Angeles that they believe are overly sympathetic to residents without legal status.

The group, called "We the People Rising," recently targeted Cudahy's Latino-dominated City Council after lawmakers declared Cudahy a "sanctuary city" — meaning the city will not generally cooperate with immigration authorities.

Huntington Park officials appointment of two local residents without legal immigration status to city commissions drew the activists to city meetings last fall.

Read the full story here and see video posted to YouTube by user 'grindall61' below of the Feb. 2 Cudahy City Council meeting where citizens and council members clashed during public comment.

Guests:

Jessica Levinson, professor of law at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission; she tweets @LevinsonJessica

Terry Francke, general counsel for Californians Aware, an organization focusing on public forum law, and former executive director and general counsel to the California First Amendment Coalition