State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today criticized State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly for inciting violence against immigrants. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, a Donnelly anti-illegal immigrant rant called upon people to “rise up” and “take the place” of one of his ancestors who fought at the Alamo and “took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their death.”
“The statements made by Assemblyman Donnelly are purely divisive and wrong. They have no place in any discussion regarding our immigrant population,” said Cannella. “I call upon Assemblyman Donnelly to renounce his statements and recognize that many of the immigrants living in California are valuable members of our communities.”
According to the Times, Donnelly also told the crowd that "at least 20%" of illegal immigrants were coming to America to “commit crimes that American criminals will no longer commit.”
Cannella has been a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and has called upon Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.