Initial complaints about day workers were addressed through formation of a city task force that promoted greater cultural awareness.
Last year, the city designated a week in April as Human Relations Week and officials also inaugurated a program called Living Room Dialogues where residents were invited to neighborhood meetings to discuss the experiences of immigrants from around the world.
According to King, no community leaders have voiced support of the council's recent actions.
However, John Brechtal, assistant district director at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, defended the measures.
"The city is on the leading edge . . . in looking for new solutions because the old ones haven't worked," Brechtal said.
But he conceded that because of political and economic forces at work in Central and South America, neither current levels of federal intervention nor actions of one city are likely to stop the flow of illegal aliens.