Will Los Angeles boycott California?
In the recent war of words regarding Arizona’s newly passed law requiring state and local law enforcement to apprehend those suspected of entering this country illegally, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the Arizona Law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the Arizona law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”
And without fail, many in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco are apoplectic.
Yet, many in the Golden State are unfamiliar with their own state law in regards to California law enforcement and illegal immigrants (CA Penal Code 834b). Specifically, California law isn’t all that different from Arizona’s;
(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.
The California Attorney General supports the state’s penal code as well;
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.
The city of Los Angeles remains almost $500,000,000 in the hole, and all the while, it’s mayor says that the thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on illegal aliens don’t contribute to the fiscal catastrophe that is Los Angeles.
Or will that soon be ‘thousands and thousands of taxpayer pesos“?