Elder Patriot – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is determined to keep the doors to his city open to illegal immigrants. However, Garcetti wants other people to pay for the cost of policing their neighborhoods.
After years of liberals’ virtue signaling that non-citizens commit crimes at a lower rate than the rest of us and that we are lucky to have them in our presence, President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions did the work of compiling the hard data that neither of Obama’s AG’s dared to do.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson provided the damning statistics:
As you read these numbers keep in mind that illegal aliens comprise only 7% of the total population of our country.
“According to statistics from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, non-citizens are actually far more likely to commit serious crimes than Americans are.
“Non-citizens account for 22 percent, more than a fifth of all federal murder convictions.
“18 percent of fraud convictions.
“33 percent of money laundering convictions.
“29 percent of drug trafficking convictions and 72 percent of convictions for drug possession.
“Meanwhile, the non-citizen percentage of the American people? About 7 percent.
“So that is a massively disproportionate amount of crime, not even close. No immigrants are not more law-abiding and less dangerous than Americans. That’s totally untrue.
Non-citizens are more likely to be arrested, convicted, and imprisoned for serious crimes than people who were born here, much more likely.”
The Obama administration simply refused to compile the data on illegal crime statistics because they realized from empirical evidence that to do so would result in them having to lie to defend their sanctuary city policies.
That brings us to Garcetti’s request for $3 million with which he wants to hire 25 police officers to try to restore order in Harvard Park, a neighborhood that occupies only 0.64 square miles but where 8 people were murdered last year.
President Trump’s DOJ, under Attorney General Jeff Session, denied Garcetti’s request so the mayor called a sympathetic reporter at the L.A. Times who put the usual liberal spin on the issue:
“Steve Soboroff, president of the civilian Police Commission that oversees the LAPD, said that he believes the Justice Department denied the funding request because of the LAPD’s well-publicized, hands-off approach to immigration enforcement. Soboroff said he worries future funding may also be at risk.
“Community policing is what policing’s all about. Militaristic policing, immigrant harassment is not,” he said. “By ignoring that, or prioritizing it beneath their issue of sanctuary cities and cooperation with ICE[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] — the priorities are wrong.
“If this is the tip of the iceberg, we’re going to set back law enforcement and policing and public safety by decades,” he added.”
How’s that for doublespeak? If L.A.’s policy didn’t make it so welcoming for these criminals they wouldn’t bring their criminal activities to their city. No one needs a degree in criminology to figure that out.
Worse, a mic.com article reveals that Garcetti had far more than the $3 million but chose to use it to provide legal counsel for illegals rather than use it for policing. The article quotes Garcetti as saying:
“We will defend any undocumented worker who’s going to be deported,” he said flatly in a recent interview. The words are backed up in deed: In December, Los Angeles unveiled an ambitious $10-million fund to provide legal counsel to residents facing deportation.
“Los Angeles and Orange counties, after all, are home to 1 million undocumented immigrants, or nearly 10% of all undocumented immigrants nationwide.”
Think about what Garcetti, the ex-police commissioner of L.A. was saying. Regardless of the lack of data forthcoming from Obama’s DOJ, Garcetti, L.A.’s former top cop has to know the crime statistics in his own city.
He is charged with keeping the people of his city safe and yet he is welcoming a population that represents a clear danger of exponential proportions in violation of federal immigration law.
Call me old-fashioned but the State of California requires every law enforcement officer and public office holder to take an oath of office and they should be expected to adhere to it:
“I, ___________________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
“And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or other- wise, that now advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means;
Compounding Garcetti’s hypocrisy in asking the DOJ for help is his admission that he dedicated $10 million with which to seed a defense fund for these criminals instead of using a small portion of it to fund the 25 police officers needed in Harvard Park.
This is government at its worst where first they create a problem and then they demand that taxpayers pay to fix it.
This insanity is not limited to Los Angeles, either. Governor Jerry Brown has declared California a sanctuary state meaning to one degree or another there are 486 sanctuary municipalities and towns in the state.
With an estimated (who can know for sure?) 2.5 million illegal immigrants living in the Golden State the cost of policing and other public services – schools, fire protection, emergency room care, social welfare programs, etc. – Californians are forced to pay the highest personal income tax rates, corporate tax rates, and sales tax rates in the nation – by a considerable margin.
Then there are the approximately 45 agencies that have to approve the building of any sized home that adds roughly $100,000 to the cost of every new dwelling.
Incredibly, all of that revenue finds California taxpayers facing $400 billion dollars in debt. Americans are right in telling Californians that it’s time to fund their own party.