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No License? No Insurance? No Problemo!
National Review Online ^ | 10 May 2005 | Jack Dunphy

Posted on 05/10/2005 6:29:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan

No License? No Insurance? ¡No Problemo! Driving with Gilbert Cedillo.

Perhaps you read of the recent controversy here in southern California concerning those billboards for a Spanish-language television station. The billboards showed the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, superimposed on which was the Angel of Independence, a famous landmark in Mexico City. More galling than that, at least to those who cling to such old-fashioned notions as national sovereignty and recognized borders, was the billboard's copy, which read, "Los Angeles, CA MEXICO."

The ensuing hubbub made for great fun on talk radio and all the cable-news yack-fest programs, of course, with the net result being that the advertisers garnered far more attention than they would have dreamed possible when they came up with the idea. Only in America, no?

But the assault on our national sovereignty has advanced far beyond such trivial matters as billboards along the freeways, for right here in California we have a state legislator who has abandoned all pretense of representing the interests of American citizens, and who now busies himself attending to the peculiar concerns of illegal immigrants. Allow me to introduce you to Senator Gilbert Cedillo, Democrat of Los Angeles. Or perhaps I should say, Democrat of Los Angeles MEXICO.

Recall that it was Cedillo who introduced legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses. In 2003, the bill was passed by both houses of California's famously left-leaning legislature and hastily signed into law by a desperate Governor Gray Davis, who at the time was facing what proved to be a successful recall effort. Public outrage over the issue helped propel Arnold Schwarzenegger into the governor's mansion. Under pressure from Schwarzenegger, California legislators, including Cedillo himself, voted to repeal the bill they had only recently passed.

Far from abandoning his dream of driver's licenses for any and all who arrive in the Golden State, whether by land, sea, or air, Cedillo has introduced a new version of his old bill, which is now under consideration by the Senate's Transportation and Housing Committee, perhaps to be grafted into a larger piece of legislation when they think no one is looking. You really have to watch these people.

Well, if you already think this Cedillo guy has brass, take a look at two other bills he's recently introduced, both of which would exempt illegal aliens from certain provisions of the California Vehicle Code.

There are parts of Los Angeles where if a cop stops a driver who a) has a driver's license, b) has insurance, and c) has his car registered under his own name and at his current address, the cop is so moved by uniqueness of the experience that he will let the guy off with a warning and spend the rest of the day telling people about it. Far more typical is the following hypothetical scenario: Let's imagine Officer Dunphy is on patrol one night and happens to observe, as he does from time to time, a driver going too fast or otherwise driving so as to make himself a hazard to navigation. Let's further imagine that Officer Dunphy pulls the offending driver over with the aim of issuing him a citation, the receipt of which will encourage said driver to be more careful in the future, thus enhancing not only his own safety but that of the entire motoring public. Now suppose this driver has not gone to the trouble of obtaining a driver's license, either in California or anyplace else, and that he also has failed to obtain the liability insurance required under California law. Not only would Officer Dunphy issue the man a citation for the moving violation that precipitated the stop, but also for having no driver's license and no insurance. And, to make sure this person does not immediately resume driving and flouting the lawfully enacted statutes, Officer Dunphy summons a tow truck and impounds the man's car for 30 days.

Senator Cedillo's proposed legislation would exempt illegal immigrants, and only illegal immigrants, from having their cars impounded, and would lower the fines levied against them for failing to purchase car insurance. Cedillo's reasoning, as best I can summarize it, is that because illegal immigrants are prohibited by law from obtaining driver's licenses, and therefore cannot purchase insurance, it is unfair to treat them in the same manner as those citizens who, through their own indolence, fail to obtain one or the other or both.

So, in the world envisioned by Senator Cedillo, an American citizen found driving without a license and insurance gets his ticket and loses his car for a month, then gets fined $100-$200 for having no insurance. But the illegal immigrant stopped for the exact same offenses gets a ticket, but drives off with a friendly Buenos dias, amigo from Officer Dunphy, followed by a slap on the wrist from the judge in traffic court.

The Los Angeles Daily News quoted Cedillo as saying that police efforts should be directed at more serious offenses, like drunk driving, rather than "towing people's cars who are taking their citizen kids to school, church or the supermarket."

Who cares about billboards with this kind of silliness going on in Sacramento? If this doesn't have you reconsidering your trip to Los Angeles already, consider this: Cedillo ran unopposed in 2002.

— Jack Dunphy is an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. "Jack Dunphy" is the author's nom de cyber. The opinions expressed are his own and almost certainly do not reflect those of the LAPD management.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; cedillo; gilcedillo; immigrantlist; jackdunphy
Madness in California!
1 posted on 05/10/2005 6:29:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

Beam me up, Scotty....


3 posted on 05/10/2005 6:41:09 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Remember, once you're over the hill, you pick up speed.)
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To: Rummyfan

So, in the world envisioned by Senator Cedillo, an American citizen found driving without a license and insurance gets his ticket and loses his car for a month, then gets fined $100-$200 for having no insurance. But the illegal immigrant stopped for the exact same offenses gets a ticket, but drives off with a friendly Buenos dias, amigo from Officer Dunphy, followed by a slap on the wrist from the judge in traffic court.


AMAZING........


4 posted on 05/10/2005 6:49:00 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: PeterPrinciple

Welcome to Aztlan, California.


5 posted on 05/10/2005 6:52:17 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Yeah, I have a 1998 signup date. So?)
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To: Rummyfan
And the chances this passes?
6 posted on 05/10/2005 6:53:00 AM PDT by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male)
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To: Rummyfan

God bless 'Jack Dunphy'! Being a great fan of his columns, I sincerely hope that he has been able to impart some of his accumulated wisdom to the younger officers on the force - including my brother.


7 posted on 05/10/2005 6:55:05 AM PDT by RebelBanker (To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!)
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To: PeterPrinciple
Not only that, they never show up to pay the"fines", and those that have managed to get drivers licenses, only get insurance for 30 days, let it lapse and move on. Cedillo should go to Mexico and legislate from there, seeing that he has no interest in representing the legal citizens of California. It's amazing that Cedillo and other illegal activist have no regard for the laws. Might as well let all the teenagers drive without licenses and save some money on high insurance rates.
8 posted on 05/10/2005 7:01:04 AM PDT by newfrpr04
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To: gubamyster

A Ping for CA state senator Cedillo who was once known as "One Bill Gil". He's branching out and introducing more ludicrous legislation.


9 posted on 05/10/2005 7:10:56 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Diogenesis

What is funny.


10 posted on 05/10/2005 7:22:00 AM PDT by PetroniDE (We Don't Live in Texas Anymore --- State Name is Now TAXES !!)
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To: Rummyfan

What we need to have happen is have EVERYONE stopped claim they are illegal. Claim you have no license or insurance, give a phony address. That will force the issue.


11 posted on 05/10/2005 7:25:25 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Rummyfan
Lowell Ponte, FrontPageMagazine.com, September 10, 2003:
When once asked why he believed illegal aliens should be allowed to remain in the
United States, then-California Assemblyman Cedillo replied: “They were here first.”

12 posted on 05/10/2005 8:06:20 AM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: Rummyfan

There's a saying in Calif referred to as the "3 No's": no license, no registration and no insurance.


13 posted on 05/10/2005 8:10:28 AM PDT by lemura
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


14 posted on 05/10/2005 8:59:17 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Kozak

What we need to have happen is have EVERYONE stopped claim they are illegal. Claim you have no license or insurance, give a phony address. That will force the issue.

+++

Solid thinking - I like it.

Adios.


15 posted on 05/10/2005 9:02:22 AM PDT by lodwick (Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus)
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To: PeterPrinciple

Oh it's so much worse than that.


16 posted on 05/10/2005 9:03:17 AM PDT by Hildy ( The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue)
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To: gubamyster

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


17 posted on 05/10/2005 9:07:28 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Rummyfan

bump


18 posted on 05/10/2005 9:25:26 AM PDT by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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To: gubamyster
Read all about "One Bill Gil" at this website:

http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/Cedillo-Gil-Reconquista.html

19 posted on 05/10/2005 10:14:05 AM PDT by janetgreen (CLOSE THE BORDERS)
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To: Rummyfan

They really do want to turn this country into the mess that their own is.


20 posted on 05/10/2005 11:33:58 AM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: Rummyfan

Whoever is flying this handbasket really needs to slow down.


21 posted on 05/10/2005 10:44:35 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29 (Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: backhoe

"Senator Cedillo's proposed legislation would exempt illegal immigrants, and only illegal immigrants, from having their cars impounded, and would lower the fines levied against them for failing to purchase car insurance."


22 posted on 05/11/2005 1:50:58 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
"Senator Cedillo's proposed legislation would exempt illegal immigrants, and only illegal immigrants, from having their cars impounded, and would lower the fines levied against them for failing to purchase car insurance."

Near insanity, isn't it?

For whatever it's worth, local talk radio has abounded recently with callers complaining that when they or someone they know were in a wreck, the carload of presumably illegal aliens "didn't have a license, didn't have insurance, didn't speak English, and just walked away..."

How they get away with this, I can't explain- never been wrecked, but if I did that, I'd likely be hauled before a judge.

23 posted on 05/11/2005 3:26:32 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

Here's the skinny as I understand it, based on freep-talk:

The illegals make up 30% of the prison space, right? But those are the guys the police bother to arrest and the judges bother to prosecute. Often, they are simply deported, because each local government doesn't want to be out the cost of locking them up. If the Federal Government took up the prison cost of illegals, then I bet you that the 30% would double to 60%. But maybe not.

Then factor in that there's no paper trail with illegals. They often hit-and-run in an accident or collision. If they get away, how do you find them? They switch plates and vanish. Fingerprints and DNA are normally worthless. These guys are harder to catch. That also helps double the actualy crime rate, from 30% to 60%.

Then factor in that foreign convicts can come here and be invisible, getting a fresh start with no past. That increases the odds of illegals being the criminals.

I think it's fair to say that it's quite likely, most felonies are committed by illegal aliens, and they are much more likely to get away with them.


24 posted on 05/11/2005 4:01:43 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: backhoe

PS: That's why your Thunder on the Border thread is so important. FRegards....


25 posted on 05/11/2005 4:04:17 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
Appreciate the info.

I'm still trying to puzzle out how I'd pull off the "just vanish from the accident" trick-- in our state, you have 30 days to get a license plate. Most people just write "tag applied for" with the purchase date, on paper, some dealers give you a temporary paper tag- but far as I recall, none of that has any legal meaning. If the police stop you for no tag, they comfirm that you are within the grace period, and let you go. Assuming you have a valid DL, and insurance... but again, in this state your insurance on the old car has a period of grace to cover a new vehicle for a while until you get a new policy...but...

In theory, you could buy a cheap car for cash, drive it for up to a month, then abandon it, without leaving an easily tracable paper trail.

26 posted on 05/11/2005 5:09:25 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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