Skip to comments.Measure Aims for a Separate Border Patrol for California
Posted on 05/05/2005 9:30:10 AM PDT by kellynla
SACRAMENTO A new state police agency to patrol the border and crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants would be created by an initiative filed yesterday, adding to the debate over the emotional issue.
The proposal from a conservative group comes after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the controversial Minuteman Project and as Congress considers new restrictions sparked by terrorism concerns.
The "California Border Police Act" is being pushed by Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta, and Rescue California, a group advocating tougher border enforcement. But neither could estimate the cost of creating a police force and special prison facilities.
But the initiative's supporters contend that it would save California money in the long run by reducing the cost of providing education, health, prisons and other services for illegal immigrants.
Schwarzenegger, who took office in a 2003 recall election that Rescue California helped put on the ballot, has drawn national attention to illegal immigration with remarks criticized by Latino leaders.
The Republican governor last week praised the Minuteman border volunteers in Arizona, comparing them to Neighborhood Watch groups. Critics pointed out that President Bush has called them vigilantes.
Earlier, Schwarzenegger created a stir when he said the border should be "closed," then corrected himself by saying he meant "secured."
The initiative, written by Haynes, was not intended to qualify for a special election Schwarzenegger has threatened to call for November, but would be targeted for the ballot next year.
Haynes said he has been working on the measure for three weeks to a month, before the governor made his remarks.
"The initiative is comprehensive, statewide and uniform," Haynes said. "It addresses the supply and the demand side, both the employers who support illegal immigrants and the illegals who come across the border."
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The sheriffs want to use a provision in a 1996 federal immigration law that allows local officers to be trained to enforce immigration law under agreements negotiated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The goal of Carona and the other sheriffs is to use the local officers not to halt illegal immigration, but to help remove criminals from the streets and ease jail overcrowding.
Several dozen local officers have been trained under the little-used federal law in Florida and Alabama, according to news reports, and state and county police agencies nationwide are talking about joining the federal program.
Round 'em up and send 'em home!
Almost 30% of LA County Jail "residents" are illegals. It should eliminate overcrowding.
Ever try to drive into California with a piece of fruit in your car? If they can stop you to look for something as small as an orange, they should be able to stop you for something as big as an illegal alien
It was reported by an attorney last night on O'Reilly, who used to work for the feds(I forget his name and position) that ONE THIRD OF ALL PRISONERS IN AMERICA(which includes federal, state and locals) are ILLGEAL ALIENS!
Imagine the savings if we secured the border and ports and deported all the illegal except those on death row which we could be executed ASAP!
Here's the link to the proposed initiative language:
I like this initiative for two reasons: 1. because it enables the residents of a state afflicted by illegal immigration to do want an unwilling and politically hamstrung Federal Government will not do, and 2. because it would be paid for by Californians, who will know what they're getting (accountability), and will know the costs, benefits and risks. This is how small "d" democracy can trump both entrenched interests and racial politics.
The first one works for me, but here's an alias
Mabye that will work better.
that's a good link