***FOR THE RECORD: An A1 article in Sunday’s edition, “Experts: ‘Rule’ solves nothing,” incorrectly stated that Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever joined Mayor Allan Mansoor in voting in favor of the city’s hard line against “immigration.” In fact, the article should have stated that Bever and Mansoor oppose “illegal immigration,” but support legal immigration when applicants follow the law.***
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?’”