It’s no wonder California is a favorite landing place for immigrants coming to the United States illegally. The state bends over to make illegal immigrants feel welcome, making a concerted effort to weave them into the official fabric of society. And who wouldn’t feel welcome with perks such as loan programs at a top public university system; low-cost auto insurance; and millions of dollars in state-funded legal representation — to help them avoid deportation for being here illegally. Yep, that’s right, taxpayer dollars are being used to aid people who’ve intentionally broken our laws to come here. Makes perfect sense, right? Indeed it does in California.
Now, one California city has taken a step further to “integrate” illegal immigrants indelibly into society. Hey, why not let give them government positions? [Keep in mind, we’re still talking about ILLEGAL immigrants here.]
As Breitbart reports:
Two illegal aliens were appointed to city commissions in Huntington Park on Monday.
Julian Zatarain, 21, who emigrated from Sinaloa in 2007, was appointed to the Huntington Park parks and recreation commission, while Francisco Medina, 29, was appointed to the health and education commission. Zatarain had worked with the Red Cross before his appointment.
The area in which the men live has become a haven for illegal immigrants, and noted for the communities’ lack of interest in the civic process. According to the Los Angeles Times, voter turnout has dropped below 10% in some elections; one election in Bell saw only 2% of eligible voters casting a ballot while another election in South Gate only elicited 3% of voters to vote.
50% of Huntington Park’s population comes from outside the United States; over 97% of the population is Latino, according to Southern California Public Radio.
Just have to ask here: does anyone else see a possible connection between this area being a “haven for illegal immigrants”and lack of civic interest and a low voting turnout? Might there be solutions other than just saying, well then, let’s just appoint people who are breaking the law by being here to be a part of local government?
Huntington Park Mayor Karina Macias told the Times, “Our population includes documented and undocumented immigrants, and I wanted to make sure everyone could participate. If we’re going to talk about transparency, being open and having a community that’s involved, then the conversation also has to include undocumented immigrants. I’m hoping other cities are looking at what we’re doing here.”
Or, maybe the conversation might come around to: why is such a large part of our community here illegally? What do we do about THAT when there are thousands of other immigrants trying to go walk the legal path to be here, including taking seriously the citizenship rights and responsibilities. Which include, by the way, participating in the democratic process and respecting and obeying federal, state, and local laws — just to name a couple.
Jhonny Pineda, the Huntington Park councilman who appointed the two men, added, “These two gentlemen have thousands of hours of volunteer work. They are qualified but it just turns out they are undocumented.”
I love that last part: “just turns out” these two men are undocumented — sounds as if they somehow happened to arrive here illegally, through no doing of their own.
To be clear, I’m not making a statement on the contributions or character of these two men (beyond the obvious question of breaking the law of the land). The point here is that, being here illegally, they are by definition breaking the law. And, therefore, they should not be allowed to serve in the local government here, for crying out loud!
But Linda Caraballo, a former councilwoman in Huntington Park, opposed the appointments, telling the Times, “There are more qualified people. How could they be policy advisors if they can’t even vote for the council members? This is just going to bring media attention, it’s going to create national debate and it is something the city of Huntington Park doesn’t need.”
Macias said city officials began considering appointing illegal immigrants two months ago, when applications became available; state law does not ban the practice.
Go figure. California state law doesn’t ban the practice of people here ILLEGALLY serving in local government. Makes a whole lot of sense. Are government positions now yet another category of jobs Americans “won’t do” — so we now need to give them to illegal immigrants?
Please just tell me this will just serve as yet another big wake-up call so desperately needed on illegal immigration — rather than another example of “as California goes, so goes the nation.” If the latter, I fear it will bring fresh meaning to “so goes the nation” … right down the drain.