Rialto, CA (San Bernardino County, pop ~102,00) held a regularly scheduled city council meeting last Tuesday after a city councilman, Rafael Trujillo, apologized for planning an event to discuss the possibility of Rialto becoming a ‘sanctuary city’. The event was scheduled for December 30, prime time for many to focus on policy issues while imbibing on bubbly through the ball drop . The Tuesday city council meeting started with Trujillo’s apology, followed by statements from approximately 20 attendees, the majority rejecting the ‘sanctuary city’ status for Rialto.
Luis Nolasco, a community engagement and policy advocate (what is this, exactly?) for the ACLU of Southern California, ACLU SoCal, is in favor of Rialto becoming a ‘sanctuary city’, and noted his support by saying the white people in attendance are not actual residents of Rialto: “this is my town”.
The 26-year-old was upset that the December 30 event was cancelled, and emphasized that those living in Rialto are “who are the people we are talking about.” Whites are the minority; therefore, insignificant as compared to his people (my emphasis) in need of a sanctuary city.
The ACLU SoCal encompasses the following regions: Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
While the town of Rialto may state 72.4 % Latino (2015 Census estimate), the collective make-up of the region whereby this ACLU chapter represents approaches 50/50 Hispanic/White, plus Blacks range from 1% to 15%, depending on locale – overall, ingredients for a melting pot, an opportunity for assimilation, collaboration, engagement, and advancement. Not so based on Nolasco’s actions and words (words do matter!). As Nolasco pans the group of white people in the meeting, he laments, “This is my town. The reality is that Blacks and Latinos are the majority of the city, and that is representative of the city, and that’s going to continue to be the case for future generations. It’s kind of mean for me to say it, but these people have probably like five years left.”
Ironically, his subsequent point in support of sanctuary cities is he does not want to “see an America that is hateful”. Nolasco noted that Trujillo should not have apologized, even when Trujillo admitted, correctly, the incident was “a lesson learned”.
The ACLU provided a statement to The Daily Caller in response to their report, “Everyone in America has a constitutional right to free speech, and the employees of the ACLU of Southern California are no exception. However, we wish to make clear that Luis Nolasco was not speaking on behalf of the ACLU at the Rialto City Council meeting and his statements are not consistent with our stated policy. Nevertheless, we support his right to freely express his personal opinion to his elected representatives.”
I wonder what Upton Sinclair thinks of this, looking down upon those carrying on his seminal work at ACLU SoCal? Pride? Accomplishment? More to do? Hmmmm, a socialist organization touting defense of the rights the ACLU believes are guaranteed in the United States Constitution for nearly 100 years.