Thursday, March 27, 2008

California Legislators Introduce Spate of Anti-Immigrant Proposals

Members of the California State Assembly introduced a series of measures intended to punish undocumented immigrants.  The bills vary in their focus and do everything from repealing SB 840 (Firebaugh) to punishing sanctuary cities to mandating that local police contact federal immigration authorities if they believe a dunk driver is undocumented.

According the the Applied Research Center: These bills represent a push to expand institutional racism.  From separating families to encouraging racial profiling and denying students an education, these bills will no doubt have a disproportionately negative affect on communities of color.

Several of the bills are listed below:

AB 1468 (Garrick) - Would require hospitals to report on the citizenship status of their patients

AB 1882 (Garrick) - would require police to contact immigration authorities when a person suspected of being an illegal immigrant is arrested for driving under the influence.

AB 2102 (Walters) - would require state agencies to check all new employees' work eligibility through a federal electronic database called E-Verify

AB 39 (Benoit) - would require the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to tally the cost of jailing undocumented inmates each year and bill the federal government

AB 1928 (Anderson) - would require local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they arrest suspected illegal immigrants

AB 2420 (Huff) - would prohibit cities from declaring themselves "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants and not allowing their police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities

AB 648 (Adams) - would add 10 years to the sentence of anyone convicted of a felony who has a previous felony conviction in California for which they were deported

AB 2812 (Silva) - would allow the governor to cite illegal immigration as a cause to declare a local or state emergency

For more information on the bills go to http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html and type in the bill number (e.g. AB 1882)

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"According the the Applied Research Center: These bills represent a push to expand institutional racism. From separating families to encouraging racial profiling and denying students an education, these bills will no doubt have a disproportionately negative affect on communities of color."


Institutional racism? Racial profiling? This is a blatant disingenuous diversion from the issue, illegal immigration. It's a very convenient ploy for those who pull the race card to divert attention from the fact that illegal immigration is a crime, and those who commit it are violating our laws. Instead of accepting the violators as criminals, turn the tables and make them sypathetic victims and call those who enforce the law persecuters. Very clever, but most people see right through this. We hear this all the time from the families of convicted felons who they call victims and then scapegoat the legal system for putting away their family members for transgressions of the law. Should we eliminate or hesitate to enact laws that affect inner city blacks, purely on the grounds that there's a risk of racial profiling? Maybe murder, robbery and theft should no longer be crimes in the inner city? The pathetic thought process by such people reveals how little we should trust them.

Duh! We're not being invaded by Swedes! The fact the proposed laws will have a disproportionate negative affect on communities of color is no different than the fact that inner city crime is committed disproportionately by African Americans. Why not say something else stupidly obvious, like most crime in Mexico is committed by Mexicans. The fact that the majority of illegal aliens in California are of color is should not affect our immigration laws or the way we enforce them, anymore than we're going to make exceptions for African-Americans who violate the law. Remember our ideal lady justice? She's depicted blind for a good reason. Unfortunately, we have ethnocentrics who lift that blindfold and say, take a peak, that's my friend, neighbor, relative, make an exception. Decent Americans should eschew such perversions of our legal system.

Posted by: Horace | Mar 27, 2008 6:09:16 PM

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