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Old 12-05-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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Felipe Aguirre made national headlines in 2006 when, as a city councilmember, he proclaimed Maywood a sanctuary city for the undocumented. Then came an attempt on his life, his election to the mayor’s office, allegations of corruption and, next Tuesday, a recall vote.

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The drama began in the winter of 2006, when Aguirre helped pass legislation that prevented police from conducting random DUI checkpoints within the city limits. Aguirre argued that the real purpose of the checkpoints had nothing to do with drunk drivers, and everything to do with rounding up undocumented immigrants, who make up almost a third of the town’s population. Removing the checkpoints made Maywood a defacto sanctuary city for the undocumented, who, provided they followed traffic regulations, were free to drive unlicensed without fear of police.

The move made Aguirre an overnight media sensation—a hero to the immigrant rights community and a galvanizing figure for Minuteman-types across America. Maywood found itself headline fodder for the nation’s major dailies, and Aguirre appeared on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show, CBS News and NPR.


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I'm sure the only thing he regrets is getting caught. Now if only LA could rid itself of Villagaroisa.
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