Washougal council pelted with opinions on immigration law

first_imgWASHOUGAL — A standing-room crowd of about 50 people with strong opinions on Arizona’s law targeting illegal aliens turned out for Monday night’s Washougal City Council meeting.The unusual attendance at what otherwise was a routine meeting came in response to a July 6 resolution passed 5-2 by the council to encourage Washington’s Legislature to adopt a law similar to Arizona’s.In addition to public comments, the gathering heard an apology by Mayor Sean Guard for not having read the Arizona law before the July 6 resolution passed and comments from council members about their July 6 action.Prior to public comment, the mayor announced the enforcement of rules that allow two people to speak on each side of an issue for three minutes each, adding that the comments must be relevant to city business and not directed at individuals.Three spoke on each side of the issue, followed by the mayor’s apology and councilors’ comments.Councilman Jon Russell voiced his displeasure with the rules set forth for public comment, saying it was the first time he’d seen them in use. Russell asked that more comments be allowed because of the number in attendance, but the mayor declined. Russell sponsored the July 6 resolution and is running as a Republican to be a state representative for the 18th District.last_img