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by Burt Prelutsky
by Mark Steyn
||Desperation Nation And L.A.'s Mean Streets
by Patrick Mallon [writer]
Millions of Mexico's people, and for that matter, the distinct majority of the impoverished from Latin American, are desperate to escape their plight from hopelessness. They will do anything to get out. Most U.S. citizens have reconciled that they too would be compelled to do the same if faced with similarly dire straights. And there is more than enough work to be done here in the states for those who seek a better life, and an even more abundant supply of willing employers.
Unfortunately, a growing percentage of the fleeing hordes are murderous gangsters who admittedly don't expect to live past 30. That said, on it went last week in L.A., with Police Chief Bratton declaring that he was assigning more than 200 officers to a crackdown on the city's most dangerous street gangs. An L.A. Times story on February 9 included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's admission that many gang members convicted of crimes are illegal immigrants.
Yet, the Achilles heel of aggressive enforcement, Special Order 40, hobbles anyone from exercising the necessary authority against the most grievous immigrant gang bangers. That, along with the thousands of pro-immigrant attorneys who are networked to show up at arrest sites, jails, and immigration hearings within minutes of an incident, all serve to characterize legitimate law enforcement as some form of racial injustice.
Whether or not he has changed his position today is unclear, but on August 26, 2003 on KABC-790's Ken Minyard Show, Chief Bratton declared where he stood during an on-air call.
Caller Steve (regarding Special Order 40): "The rest of your arguments are humorous. They're here illegally. His (your) job is to uphold the law."
Chief Bratton: "In as much as California has pretty much indicated that they don't want us involved in that issue, we're out of that business. If you don't like it leave the state."
Leaving is indeed what many people are doing, either to Antelope Valley up north, or the less expensive Inland Empire communities east. Even in these places, the gang population is exploding with a vengeance.
Central to the story is this: Los Angeles County, and the blob of communities encompassing the City of Angels may just as well be renamed Denial Central. It has become a treacherous third world dead zone permeated by random gunfire, drug dealing, innocent victims, and a regard for life as low as that in the hellish streets of Rio de Janeiro. Up north in San Fernando Valley, the problem is worsening as well.
Today, the gang problem is so widespread that it is admittedly international. And the once exclusive commerce of choice: drugs, is now being challenged with trafficking in human cargo.
The focus encompasses a roughly 20 mile radius centered through the Wilshire, Rampart, and Hollenbeck districts off the 105 Freeway, and south to Harbor Gateway. As the gangs strengthen their position in communities such as Bell Gardens, Norwalk, and Pico Rivera, the average Californian drives right through, oblivious to what might happen if they exited the anonymous freeway.
It's important too to be clear. The gang problem is first and foremost racial. A January New York Times report (January 16) was unwavering: "The Latino gang members were looking for a black person, any black person, to shoot, the police said, and they found one. Cheryl Green, perched near her scooter chatting with friends, was shot dead in a spray of bullets that left several other young people injured. In Harbor Gateway, the neighborhood where Cheryl Green was killed, tension had grown so severe that blacks and Latinos formed a dividing line on a street that both sides understood never to cross and a small market was unofficially declared off-limits to blacks."
Some have likened this little slice of America to the Gaza Strip. Several prominent talk show hosts have made the reasonable suggestion that if all illegal immigrant gang bangers were threatened with immediate and permanent deportation to their home countries, that law enforcement would have fighting chance to get a better handle on the domestic thugs.
KABC-790 talk radio host Doug McIntyre is more blunt: "Excuse me, with all due respect, the Chairman of the 9-11 Commission says, it is the City of Los Angeles' fault, because it creates a sanctuary for illegals, which allows the gang bangers to operate unmolested."
The mayor still holds to the position that it is a federal responsibility to enforce immigration laws, which is true. But the mayor also has the authority to take all reasonable actions to protect public safety, and federal immigration law is, while ignored, still law.
So, are the mayor and police chief intentionally condoning the grievous acts of community endangerment practiced by Latino gangs? Probably not. Black gangs and Latino gangs have been wrecking havoc for decades. The difference today is that gangs are largely sourced and recruited from Mexico and Central America, and are expanding at a clip that dwarfs all other groups. This is evidenced by the exploding increase in immigrants in public schools and the streets.
Any legitimate and responsible enforcement should focus essentially on the money trail. But any time the public seems to have convinced public officials, anywhere, to do the right thing and enforce the immigration laws, without fear of adverse consequences, another government sanctioned institution announces a new and contradictory inducement that rewards more undocumented people.
On February 13, Bank of America Corp. announced it has begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers, typically illegal immigrants. It would be more honest if this financial colossus changed their name to Bank of Latin America and kept the change.
At some point, the violence, indifference to life, and senseless death become too compelling for anyone in government and law enforcement to ignore. It is patently absurd to deny the illegal immigration factor. The bigger questions are: can a solution that is in the best interests of Americans be enforced against criminals who are not Americans, and who possess an almost suicidal and incorrigible disdain of the United States? The legal climate is clearly pro-immigrant, and anti-enforcement.
And can Latino politicians set aside ethnicity, and serve the American oath they have sworn to uphold?
All who live in Southern California, rich and poor, legal and illegal, tuned-out or fully aware, are affected by the social and demographic transformation impacting our great state.
In January, the Advancement Project Los Angeles, a consulting group hired by the city, issued a report calling for a "Marshall Plan" to curb soaring gang violence by reducing inner-city poverty and the lure of thug life. The report called for a significantly greater investment, as much as $1 billion during the first 18 months, project director Connie Rice said. She described the program as a comprehensive menu that includes gang intervention and prevention and economic development (whatever that means).
The plan is typical of most phony, weak-kneed, government proposals that put off tough decisions, but is especially attractive to socialist Latino politicians who equate common sense American opinions with racism and xenophobia.
The gang problem would be immediately contained if the city issued a new executive order, one adapted to the realities of the moment. That being: All felony-convicted illegal immigrant gang bangers shall be immediately and permanently deported. Period!
Let's accept for the moment that what was necessary for a post World-War II Europe, is at least in principle acceptable for today's nightmarishly mean streets of L.A. Let‚s also assume that nobody wants to touch the martial law aspect of the original plan.
It would be interesting to discover if Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Bratton, and Director Rice were aware of the historical parallels. After all, if they endorse such a broad proposal built upon ground-up reconstruction, they should know what the author of the original plan meant. This minimal expectation should include all of the members of the L.A. City Council who in 2005 commissioned the original Advancement Project Los Angeles report.
In a speech delivered by General George Marshall at Harvard University on June 5, 1947, the general said:
"An essential part of any successful action on the part of the United States is an understanding on the part of the people of America of the character of the problem and the remedies to be applied. Political passion and prejudice should have no part. With foresight, and a willingness on the part of our people to face up to the vast responsibility which history has clearly placed upon our country, the difficulties I have outlined can and will be overcome."
Los Angeles isn't in need of a Marshall Plan: It needs a marshal. CRO
Mallon is a political journalist and author of California
Dictatorship: How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis.
[read an excerpt]. Patrick
is a regular guest on talk radio programs throughout
and nationally. His website is at PatrickMallon.com and
can be contacted at email@example.com
2007 Patrick Mallon