Immigrant Advocates Billed for Free Speech

An advocate for immigrants exercised his right of free speech. And then he got billed for it. Armando Navarro got a permit to hold a rally in San Bernardino, Calif. Afterward the city charged him for security. The bill demanded $17,674. Navarro is unhappy, but the city attorney says it's all a game. A local law requires him to send the bill. And then, by tradition, nobody ever pays it.

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An advocate for immigrants exercised his right of free speech, and then got billed for it. Armando Navarro got a permit to hold a rally in San Bernardino, California. Afterward, the city charged him for security. The bill demanded $17,674. Mr. Navarro is unhappy, but the city attorney says it's all a game. A local law requires him to send the bill. And then, by tradition, nobody ever pays it.

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