|Tale Of Two (Sanctuary) Cities:
Don't Re-Elect Their Mayors, Indict Them
Walter Moore[attorney, L.A. mayoral candidate] 7/29/08
Mayors Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Newsome of San Francisco both want to become California's next governor.
Both men, moreover, have granted "sanctuary" to all illegal aliens -- even gang members like those who shattered the lives of the Shaw Family, the Bologna Family, and Heaven only knows how many other families.
Should these two Mayors be elected governor, or should they instead be indicted for aiding and abetting illegal immigration? Let's look at the law:
Entering the country illegally is a crime, punishable by up to six months' imprisonment. (8 U.S.C. 1325.)
Aiding and abetting illegal immigration, moreover, is also a crime. (8 U.S.C. 1324.) Federal law provides for a five-year prison sentence for "any person who . . . aids and abets the commission of any" of the following acts:
"[K]nowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
"[E]ncourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law[;]
"[K]nowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law[.]"
Can you even count all of the ways that Villaraigosa's and Newsome's "sanctuary city" policies aid and abet illegal immigration?
Let's start with "concealing." Villaraigosa's policy is the ultimate in concealment, because it prevents the police from investigating the crime of illegal entry in the first place. The LAPD Manual (Vol. 4, Section 264), specifically states:
"ENFORCEMENT OF UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION LAWS. Officers shall not initiate police action where the objective is to discover the alien status of a person. Officers shall neither arrest nor book persons for violation of Title 8, Section 1325 of the United States Immigration Code (Illegal Entry)."
And the LAPD Manual does not stop there. Consider the following passage (Vol. 1, Section 390): "UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS. Undocumented alien status in itself is not a matter for police action."
If these provisions in the LAPD Manual do not constitute aiding and abetting through concealment, what does? The manual specifically refers to the federal statute that makes it a crime to enter the country illegally. The LAPD Manual is a dream come true for people who have committed the crime of entering the country illegally.
Can you imagine the uproar if the manual included similar provisions for, say, child molesters?
Villaraigosa's policy effectively blinds the police when it comes to illegal aliens. What better way to aid and abet the concealment of illegal aliens than to prohibit the police themselves from investigating the crime altogether?
The City likewise aids, abets and conceals illegal aliens by requiring City agencies to accept Matricula Consular cards as valid ID. What possible purpose does that serve other than concealing the identity of persons who enter the country illegally? After all, people who live here would have a driver's license or other valid ID, and people visiting here legally would have a passport and/or visa.
The City of Los Angeles, moreover, doles out Section 8 housing subsidies regardless of whether the recipient is here legally. What do you want to bet they even have application forms in Spanish? If paying the rent for an illegal alien's apartment isn't "harboring," what is?
San Francisco, however, wins the prize for "encouraging" and "transporting." If you follow the illegal immigration issue, you already know that San Francisco actually used taxpayer money to run TV and radio ads proclaiming, in Spanish, that the city is a "sanctuary city."
San Francisco also put illegal aliens on planes to help them avoid arrest by federal authorities.
The list could go on and on, but you get the idea.
Neither Villaraigosa nor Newsome deserves to be re-elected as Mayor, much less elevated to the role of Governor. You can decide for yourself whether they deserve instead to become defendants in a federal prosecution for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
We, the people, must replace these men. Towards that end, I ask you -- wherever you live -- to support my campaign to become L.A.'s next Mayor. Within one minute after taking the oath of office, I will sign an Executive Directive ordering all City employees to stop following practices that aid and abet illegal immigration in violation of federal law.
That means no more "sanctuary" for illegal alien gang bangers like those who murdered Jamiel Shaw, II and the Bologna men. It means no more tax dollars spent housing people here illegally. And it means never again having to "press one for English" when you call the City of L.A. CRO
2008 Walter Moore