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Illegal Aliens Call Drivers Licenses Unfair

From inland Southern California’s Press-Enterprise:

Sofia Moreno, with United Democrats, holds sign warning drivers of a Perris police checkpoint ahead.

Immigrant advocates say crackdown on unlicensed drivers unfair

May 15, 2010

Adrianna Castellon, 16, stood on the sidewalk of a busy Moreno Valley street on a recent school night, yelling at cars rushing past.

"Checkpoint! Checkpoint ahead!" she screamed. "Turn back while you can!"

The high school student was among protesters hoping to help illegal immigrants whose vehicles were about to be impounded by police because they were driving without a license. California law got tougher in 1993, requiring a social security card and other identification to get a license and barring most illegal immigrants from applying.

Isn’t that outrageous! Imagine having to have identification before being allowed to get a license which allows you to drive a lethal weapon. This is just like Nazi Germany.

Now the stricter license requirements and a rising number of checkpoints across the Inland area and state are stirring controversy that has reached a fever pitch in some cities with a large Latino population.

Critics say most Inland checkpoints economically punish illegal immigrants whose cars often are impounded for 30 days — the maximum time allowed — and can ill afford the approximately $2,000 to retrieve the vehicle. Protesters point out that drunken drivers usually lose their car for only one day. They say racial profiling is at play where checkpoints are placed.

Inland authorities said softer penalties, such as citations, for unlicensed drivers don’t work because many illegal immigrants lack identification and can’t be found if they skip court. Police say impounding cars is needed to deal with drivers without licenses, who account for about 40 percent of the nation’s hit-and-run crashes based on statistics of hit-and-run drivers who were caught. And police say that traffic volume, not a neighborhood’s racial composition, determines checkpoint locations.

The article doesn’t bother to mention that these illegal aliens also do not bother to have auto insurance, which is required in California.

Under community pressure, a few cities have dropped month-long car confiscation for a first-time unlicensed driving offense and instead hand out citations or do a one-day tow

So that these wonderful people can continue to drive on the streets without insurance and ruin law-abiding people’s lives. Such as:

Lee Chauser, pulled aside recently at a Perris checkpoint, said an unlicensed driver once hit him.

"He almost killed me … He rear-ended me going 35 mph," the 64-year-old Hemet man said. "The government needs to find a way for the (illegal immigrants) to get trained and drive legally." …

Again, still no mention of the lack of insurance. If we can be required by law to have health insurance which (in a sane world) would affect no one but ourselves, why can’t illegal aliens be required to have car insurance?

Activists and illegal immigrants such as Elder Cabrera, a 40-year-old Corona resident, say month-long impounds are too harsh

The cars should be impounded until the owner can produce a valid drivers license and proof of insurance. And until he has paid his fine for driving without these legal requirements…

Why should they ever get their cars back otherwise?

Later this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s 30-day impound law.

Surely this is a lawsuit brought by the ACLU. Who, after all, support the right of illegal aliens to drive without a license or insurance over the rights of American citizens to use the roads that we pay for with our taxes without fear of having our lives destroyed by foreigners.

Lest we forget, the ACLU is a taxpayer subsidized 501c3 “charity.”

A few cities around the state have eased towing policies for unlicensed drivers. These include Cathedral City in the Riverside County, San Francisco and the Los Angeles County cities of Huntington Park and Bell Gardens.

Cathedral City police Lt. Chuck Robinson said his department stopped 30-day impounds partly because of community outcry. Another motivation was a federal court ruling in Oregon that found impounding the cars of the unlicensed for 30 days violated the Fourth Amendment, which protects against "unreasonable search and seizure."

What is "unreasonable" about it? And since when does the Fourth Amendment protect foreigners?

Cathedral City police now issue citations to unlicensed drivers and allow them 15 to 20 minutes to turn the vehicle over to a licensed driver, a practice allowed by state laws. Repeat offenders could face a one-day tow or 30-day impound, Robinson said.

How wonderful. And when your wife and children are killed by an unlicensed and uninsured illegal alien, where do you go to complain? Where is your “community outcry”?

Other Inland authorities, such as San Bernardino Police Chief Keith Kilmer, say they know immigrant advocates want an end to month-long impounds for the unlicensed but the tough penalty is important.

"What we’ve found is a large number of our hit-and-runs end up involving unlicensed drivers," Kilmer said.

Nitpicker. Besides, why run when there is no way to exact any kind of legal reparations from you?

Checkpoint opponents say 30-day impounds cause illegal immigrants to lose jobs. Some have moved to cheaper dwellings to afford $1,500-plus in tow company fees and $150-plus in police fees to retrieve vehicles.

Oh, the heartbreak. Never mind that in their own countries they would be thrown in prison for being in the country illegally.

In cities with large immigrant populations such as Perris, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino, organizers monitor law enforcement websites daily for announcements of checkpoints. At the start time, they rove the city until they find it. Then they alert hundreds to the location via text message….

It is illegal to warn oncoming drivers about radar guns. Surely this is illegal as well. But, then again, so is living in this country without a visa or ‘green card.’

John Edwards was right. There are two Americas. One for those who play by the rules and pay their taxes.

And one for everyone else.

(Thanks to Infidel Joe for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Illegal Aliens Call Drivers Licenses Unfair”

  1. bousquem says:

    I can’t believe we have nuts in this country that seem to believe that it is okay for illegal immigrants to not have any driver training or insurance but can drive around. When they get into accidents and run, there is nothing the person who was hit and possibly injured has no recourse. If you don’t have a driver’s license then you shouldn’t be on the road. How seizing the car for driving without a license which is illegal and doing0 violates the 4th ammendment makes not sense to me.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Good point. I remember Pelosi answer a question on why the government should force Americans to buy health insurance. Her smug answer was that people who lack insurance clog up emergency rooms and cost the hospital.

      So why can’t the bone hag apply that line of reasoning to illegals who do not have or want registration and insurance when they get behind the wheel of a car?

  2. mr_bill says:

    I think the driver needs to be impounded as well. After their immigration status has been determined, legal residents and citizens can go to court on the driving without a license charge or be deported if they are illegal intruders. To save on the cost of deportations, I suggest waiting until there is a plane-load and flying them over Mexico City and air-drop them.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..Later this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s 30-day impound law…..”

    This is the court to which Obama has nominated the illustrious Mr. Liu. You know, the guy who thinks the 9th Circuit is too ‘conservative’.

    Actually I have no problem with unlicensed illegals killing other people with their cars so long as the people they kill are illegals too. Or would that be considered profiling?

    These jack-offs think only law-abiding citizens should be constrained by the law…….everybody else gets a free pass. If the truth was known, most of these cretins are alive only because it’s against the law to exterminate them.

    Illeals and their advocates should be careful how hard they push. Eventually, others will start to push back!

  4. proreason says:

    With the most unqualified person, by far, to ever reach high office, sitting in the White House, even though he couldn’t get a security clearance in any other way, is it any surprise that the rats are climbing out of the woodworks and jumping ONTO to the ship from everywhere, including Mexico and Greece?

    Drivers Licenses? peanuts. Hell, we should be happy that they aren’t breaking into our houses with machine guns.

    Except in Arizona and Texas, of course.

  5. Right of the People says:

    “Inland authorities said softer penalties, such as citations,”

    Citations!!!!!!!!! They don’t a license to begin with. What are they going to do, suspend their license for 90 days? Oh wait, they don’t have a fricking license.

    I’m with Mr. Bill, they need to lock they and their cars up and deport the wets like in Operation Wetback. Drive them 500 miles deep into Mexico and drop them off so they have quite a trip to make it back here. Of course the airborne delivery route has a lot of merit, especially if they are given the Wile E. Coyote Acme anvil parachute to speed their trip to mother Mexico.

  6. mom58 says:

    what I call unfair is that there is two laws in this country one for the rightful citizen and one for the illegals
    I have sat in court from a ticket
    do you know how many illegals are in there and DO THEY HAVE INSURANCE??? NOT
    they mainly get to walk away with slap on the wrist only to get on the road again..with no consequences
    I was flabbergasted as to what I was seeing in court
    they break our laws and get to go out there an do it again
    and most of them do not speak English
    how can they know out laws if they have not even attended driving school..
    it is scary out on the road

    If you want to live here, there is a right way to do it and a wrong way
    my grandparents took the right way when they came here from Mexico on in the early 1900’s

  7. Mithrandir says:

    Put illegal immigrants to WORK.

    1 year in prison. For every day they do work such as: on chain gangs, fixing government structures, etc, = 1 day less on their sentence. Don’t want to work? Fine, stay in prison.

    You should get some work out of these people, not just lock them up, then beg the feds to do something with them.

    How about charging South American countries for the cost of dealing with these people?

  8. Long Ben says:

    Eight thousand some odd good hearts and gentle people whom I count as my neighbors , now live in a town of eighteen to twenty thousand. We used to be cordially homogeneous, until we got the beef packing plant.
    First when the plant came to town it was well received , as we had just lost a zinc smelter. The construction of the packing plant payed well and the packing plant itself payed better than unemployment certainly , not to mention the duty a man owes to provide for his family . High school grads would go out there to get some college money together.
    Then the union came, whether for good or ill I’m not sure. If you,ve ever worked on a disassembly line ( on the cutting floor ) as I have you would probably think some representation is needed, as it is downright stultifying work, one earns every penny and supervision is most often horse,s patooties standing always close to the reostat to ratchet up the speed whenever the poor slobs with the knifes find a speed they can keep up with. As it turns out American labor got too expensive, so the packer brought in illegal aliens to work for less and with them a whole raft of social problems.
    Among them Racial solidarity and it’s close and corollary adjunct ,Mobocracy. Not to mention having always to stand around being called a bigot all the time.
    Any way ICE came and drove out the Illegals. So what does the packers see fit too do? If you said hire Americans at a fair wage, go to the back of the class. No they went out and found sure enough certified immigrants, you know Somalis and Burmese. Some Christians ( thank the Lord ) but a lot of muslims. The muslim men among them have zero respect for the women of our fair town and doubtless their children will in no time learn the jive tricks of the last wave of invaders and it will only grow worse in the town that I love.

    • 2old2givea says:

      I’m trying really hard to not think about horses being slaughtered (bad enough, tho’ a necessary evil), in a “beef” plant (even worse.)

      God forbid I shouldn’t sound PC (LOL), but we need to take a good look at LEGAL immigration. Anyone familiar with the H1B program?

  9. NoNeoCommies says:

    It is also unfair to require an education/degree/experience before considering someone for employment.
    It is unfair to demand union membership before hiring someone (oh, wait. that one is true).
    It is unfair to demand that a surgeon or emergency room doctor know medicine.
    It is unfair to demand that we follow so many stupid, short sighted laws and rules forced upon us by people who won’t enforce our laws against an invading army.
    What IS fair is to throw the bums out that support this stupidity.

  10. j_cricket says:

    If I’m not mistaken, signs warning criminals about police is itself a criminal activity and has been prosecuted in the past as racketeering.

    Collusion to commit a crime (i.e. driving illegally without a license) and abetting criminals is obstruction of justice and collusion.

    Our country has a culture of promoting and abetting illegal activities, however. Some would say an entire subculture, maybe even one that speaks in another language.

  11. haole07 says:

    Reading about the ILLEGALS crying about the unfairness of America makes me want to puke. This country is going down the wrong road for me. If laws continue to be selectively enforced to the benefit of the ILLEGALS, and to the detriment of the legal population, anarchy may result.

  12. beautyofreason says:

    Let’s drill inside the minds of liberal interest groups.

    It won’t be a fair and free country until:

    All “native” (?) people in South America have full travel privileges over “their” hemisphere.

    Anyone can enter the United States as long as they want, for any reason.

    Anyone can get their medical procedures for free at the expense of the Americans, regardless of whether or not the patient paid into the system.

    Some members of a certain ethnic group don’t have to pay taxes, keep papers, earn a driver’s license, or submit to police questioning – while others do – and the second group has to pay for the children of the first.

    Shariah law becomes a legal option for Muslim Americans. The government derides “Islamophobia” but makes no mention of discrimination against other groups. A Koran burner is charged by the FBI for security while our government offers nothing to a cartoonist threatened by Islamic radicals within the U.S.

    Is it just me or is the country nearly over? Only time will tell, I think. But something drastic needs to change on the political field or the old U.S of A will go the way of Rome.

  13. wardmama4 says:

    Given this story and the responses I’ve read here – I have just one question:

    Why in hell do these morons want to become American citizens at all? Seems to me that being illegal they get all the bennies and are required none of the sacrifices or responsibilities. What am I missing?

    Yes it used to be if you were in an accident without insurance – You paid and paid big time, if you did not have a license you did not drive again – Now it is the legal, law abiding who pay and pay and pay – while the entitlement class and illegals get away with everything (and get paid to do it).

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

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