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Catalina Island Called a 'Microcosm' of Immigration Problems

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) flew to Catalina Island today "to personally condemn an effort by the Mexican consulate to offer identification cards to undocumented workers there," according to the LA Times, which notes this interesting fact: up to 70% of the island's city are Spanish-speaking Latinos. Avalon, the largest and one of two cities, has a population of 3,000. “This community is a microcosm of the problems in the whole country," said the Congressmember. Mayor Bob Kennedy says they are not a sanctuary city, saying the problem is a national one that can't be just addressed by local authorities.