For those of you who imagine
I’ve spent most of my life in
A town like
Many towns in this section
of LA County still maintain vestiges of American beauty.
According to US Census data
[from State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS), search for
● In 1970, a majority of the
● In 1970, the total foreign-born population was only 14.4 percent.
● In 1980, the Hispanic
● In 1980, there were
slightly more than 3,700 White people living in
● In 2000, there were about
700 whites in
● In 2000,
A couple of years ago, the
Maywood Police Department set up two vehicle checkpoints along the main drag of
Of course, officers asked all drivers for their licenses and registrations—which as we all know, is standard operating procedure. If drivers were found to be driving without a legal driver’s license, their cars were impounded.
All vehicles were held for the requisite amount of time—30 days—in order to give the owner ample opportunity to pay the impound fees, the traffic fine (if any) and of course, provide proof of license to drive a vehicle in California.
The program was originally
started to cut down on drunk driving and vehicle theft problems in
As it turned out, the majority of vehicles were seized from Hispanic illegal aliens who were…driving without a license, of course.
And the Latinlobbyists went nuts.
“We are outraged and demand
an immediate investigation into growing reports that local law enforcement in
As I have stated many times before, I am no great shakes at math.
But this town’s population is 97 percent Hispanic! (Now—thanks to illegal immigration.)
How much “preying” could
possibly be involved?
If the police had arrested
every single Black person in
Then the local illegal immigration apologists (which in this case would be the whole town) ran their people in the local City Council races—and won.
Vice-Mayor Felipe Aguirre was elected in November 2005.
Practically his first order
of business: a mere two months later, Aguirre led the city council to name
A former “immigration counselor” (political bio here), Aguirre doesn’t think a guest worker program will work—if the “workers” are not citizens, they won’t be able to collect social security and reap other citizenship-based benefits.
He was quoted in a
“We have to change the concept of being illegal…people are people and are here for a reason.” [LA immigrant advocates denounce Bush’s guest worker proposal]
Oh…they’re here for a reason?
Yes…generally speaking most crimes are committed “for a reason” and I suppose this community is no different.
But it’s still a crime, Vice-Mayor Felipe.
Now then…based on the 2004
statistics (here) from the FBI Crime Reports, the “overall crime rate” in
Sounds pretty good, don’t it?
Taking a closer look at the table (above), the “x” indicates a crime level above the national average; a “check-mark” indicates a level below the national average.
Huh…the overall crime rate
Let’s see: Murder…higher. Rape…higher. Robbery…higher.
What it should say is: the crime rate in
And look! Motor Vehicle Thefts is…higher!
But now with the new “sanctuary” status for illegals, the police department’s hands are pretty much tied.
According to an AP story in
the San Francisco Chronicle, [LA suburb prohibits police from work with
Hmm…the Chief of Police in
Chief Leflar would likely find himself in the unemployment line if he said anything else.
(I tried to reach Chief Leflar to ask him about this immigration policy and its effect on law enforcement. But as of posting time, I had not heard back from him. You try—email him here.)
According to a report by the
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the
“According to Census 2000,
The town encompasses just one square mile and it was never meant to house more than 10,000 people at the most.
With three times that many now crammed into every nook and cranny, this small—once charming—town is literally bursting at the seams.
The last time I drove
There are rows and rows of older, once-quaint but now dilapidated homes with—I’m not joking—5 or 6 mailboxes nailed haphazardly to the front each single-dwelling home.
There are myriad temporary dwellings—such as portable sheds—pitched in backyards and rented out as “apartments” so that 15 or 20 people are all living on the same residential lot.
Nothing was written in English. There seemed to be as many stray dogs as there were people roaming about town.
(Oh shut up with the “racist stereotype” griping—it’s true, even if doesn’t sound nice.)
Just to cover all my bases,
let’s look at education. According to a
Washington Post article about
“Schools have been officially overcrowded and operating on an emergency year-round schedule for 23 years.”
Why have I dedicated this
week’s column to this little
So that I could end with this final question:
Whose town is next?