Many conservatives may side with the Costa Mesa mayor's strong stance against illegal immigrants, but his resolution to make this a "Rule of Law " city should have little impact on the local economy or overall quality of life, academic and business experts said.
"It's symbolic because it's not materially improving people's lives in Costa Mesa," said Stephen Lee, professor of administrative and immigration laws at the UC Irvine School of Law. "If it's not materially improving the lives of people in Costa Mesa, it's important to ask the question of, 'Whose lives is it benefiting?'"
Council critics have said the person benefiting from it all might just be Mayor Allan Mansoor, a Republican Assembly candidate.
Though Mansoor has said he was not influenced by Arizona's new anti-immigration law or his run for Assembly, Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce President Ed Fawcett said when it comes to politics, coincidences are nonexistent.