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Boycott California?

Posted By David Forsmark On May 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am In NewsReal Blog | 5 Comments

Clueless Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins the boycott of Arizona.

Here’s a question for the L.A City Council, California school districts who are canceling trips to Arizona, and those sanctimonious San Franciscans in their Sanctuary City.

What state’s penal code does the following section come from?

(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:
(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

That would be… California!

Oops.

The only real difference between Arizona and California on the “show me your papers” front is that in Arizona they no longer call I.C.E. and get sluffed off, they enforce the law themselves.

Which means none of the reasons given by California liberals for opposing the Arizona law are honest.  What they are really mad about is that in Arizona, immigration laws will be enforced, and that in California they are not– and in the rest of the country for that matter.

Here is the complete section of the pertinent California law–wonder if Eric Holder has read this?

(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully
cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.
(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:
(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.
(2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.
(3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.
(c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

And, there is even a California Attorney General opinion upholding the penal code:

California AG Opinion 01-213 (11/16/2001): While California’s Penal Code Section 843b’s mandate that local officers inquire into immigration status has been enjoined, officers can still voluntarily make the inquiry. A local law enforcement officer during detention of Spanish speaking person for otherwise valid purposes may question the person as to immigration status, but may not question status solely because the individual speaks a non-English language. Local officers may continue investigation into a person’s immigration status prior to arraignment on state charges. In footnote 4, the Opinion indicates “Civil violations of immigration law are not cognizable” under a formula in Pen. Code s. 836, sub. (a), (a)(1), which allows California peace officers to arrest either in obedience to a warrant or without a warrant where the officer has probable cause to believe that a public offense has been committed in the officer’s presence.”

In supporting the Arizona boycott, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the Arizona Law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”

I guess he won’t be going to Disneyland any time soon.

Note: Hat tip to retired reporter James Smith and his excellent blog, Free From Editors, which mostly covers the downfall of the American newspaper business.


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