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Jamiel's Law

David Horowitz's Frontline Magazine has a story that will outrage you. Sgt. Anita Shaw, serving a tour of duty in Iraq, got news no parent should get: her son Jamiel was murdered. He was killed by a gangbanger who was not only an illegal alien but who also had been released from jail just a few days earlier after serving time for a weapons charge. There's something very wrong when Iraq, a war zone, is significantly safer than LA, where her son was killed. But because of LA's sanctuary city laws, illegal aliens, many of whom have nothing productive to offer LA or the rest of the nation, are walking the streets, wreaking havoc, and murdering people. Now Sgt. Shaw is trying to make it easier for LA's cops to investigate illegals and is working to get "Jamiel's Law onto the 2009 ballot. She spoke about her efforts at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Restoration Weekend:

At the David Horowitz Freedom Center's recent Restoration Weekend, Sgt. Shaw spoke of her grief and also of her determination to recover something from this tragedy by going on the offensive. (For a video of her appearance, click here). Working with Los Angeles mayoral candidate Walter Moore, Shaw has spent the last few months attempting to qualify "Jamiel's Law" for the spring 2009 ballot. This legislation would take direct aim at the so-called Special Order 40. Passed thirty years ago at the request of then-Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, it states that "Officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person." Special Order 40 was initially meant to protect illegals who were witnesses to or victims of a crime. But over the years, with the growth of a powerful illegal immigrant lobby not only in Los Angeles but all over the country, it became part of the network of protections built into the growing trend toward "sanctuary cities." Rather than encouraging illegals victimized by a crime to cooperate with police, Special Order 40 protected those committing crimes from scrutiny that might lead to deportation or other measures. Jamiel's alleged killer, Pedro Espinoza, had just been released from months in county jail without ever having had any police or federal agency check into his immigration status.

"Jamiel's Law" would deny "sanctuary city" protections for illegal aliens who were members of criminal gangs. The measure seems based on common sense. As Jamiel Shaw Sr., the slain boy's father, asked the Los Angeles City Council: "If you're a gang member who is suspected of committing a crime, why can't they check a database at the police station to see if you're here illegally?" But the powerful illegal immigrant lobby in Southern California made legislative approval of the measure impossible, forcing the Shaws to engage in a long campaign to gather signatures to put "Jamiel's Law" on the ballot.

What I find so sickening is that, first, there is an illegal alien lobby at all and, second, that it's so powerful. How could a lobby that works to allow murderers and thugs run loose in our country to the obvious detriment of our citizens' safety become so powerful that it has a majority of California's - as well as our nation's - legislators in their back pocket? What's even more shocking is that all this corruption and collusion takes place out in the open. Everyone knows about it, yet nothing is done to stop it. Michelle Malkin, who has been crusading against illegal immigration wrote about Jamiel's murder and the illegal alien lobby's deadly impact on our country back in April. Read her post on Jamiel Shaw as well as her other posts on the insanity of illegal immigration.


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Comments (5)

I do not see the issue here... (Below threshold)

I do not see the issue here. Your arrested for a crime do a background check if you're an illegal you status is know. If convicted server time and be deported. If you're not convicted your turned over to ICE so they can handle the immigration situation.

Reading about the change of... (Below threshold)

Reading about the change of Rome from a Republic to an Empire is instructive. (This comment is not off-topic. Which is scary enough in itself.)

In California we passed a l... (Below threshold)

In California we passed a law in the early 90's to deny state benefits to illegal immigrants. Parts of the law were thrown out because of a lawsuit and the rest of it was ignored by our leftist legislature and governor. Now, 20 years after the first major amnesty my grandson is the only child in his kindergarten class who is not an ESL (English as a Second Language) student. The culture of corruption that ignores the law has replaced my community with another, illegally. I will do what I can to help the Shaw family get this bill passed, but until we get some change in our political class, we can't hope to achieve anything.

Leftist PC politics takes y... (Below threshold)

Leftist PC politics takes yet another life. This is indeed sickening.

What gets me about the "und... (Below threshold)

What gets me about the "undocumented worker" lobby is that they should have no clout at all; they represent (assuming that much for the moment) an interest group who CAN'T VOTE!

Most of the legal aliens and naturalized citizens I know are OPPOSED to the presence of and especially to the acceptance of illegal aliens. Their argument is, "I came legally and I took my turn. I waited out the years to get through the process. Why should they be allowed to 'cut in line'?" So I can't believe they're putting any pressure toward leniency on the politicians.

Concerning the so-called advocates: The guy in the videos that were posted here (rapper-looking guy; sorry, don't know who he is) used a term that explains a LOT: "Ballot Cattle". I assert that the "advocates" for the "poor" are not helping the people, but are maintaining them in a needy state so as to maintain their own political/economic power.

Same goes for the "advocates" for the illegals: They are getting something for their efforts, and I think it has to be money and power. From whence? Likely from the fat-cats who can make more money by hiring illegals, by selling or renting to illegals, etc. ("If you complain, I'll have you deported.")

Eventually we're going to have to face 2 facts:

1. Illegal aliens are just that, illegal, and they can't be called "law-abiding" when their entire lifestyle is illegal.

2. Illegal aliens are not victims of an immigration system that fails to just let everybody in, willy-nilly; they're victims of people who exploit them knowing they have no legal recourse (or more correctly, won't take it).

We're fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq against terrorists, but we have terrorists (in the form of gangs) right here. And too many of them are illegal aliens (and a lot are from among the "poor"). How about we deal honestly with these issues, so our brave soldiers won't have to lose their children to violence here?






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