More pandering to illegals, as inmates run the asylum
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has issued an edict to his officers instructing them to ignore the California state law requiring police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. The majority of unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are illegal aliens with low-income jobs. Beck says the state’s impound law is unfair because it limits their ability to get to their jobs and imposes a steep fine to get their car back. So as long as drivers can produce some form of I.D., proof of insurance and vehicle registration, they’ll be allowed to keep their car.
According to Beck, “It’s about fairness. It’s about equal application of the law.”
Opponents of Beck’s decision are irate, pointing to studies showing unlicensed drivers are among the most dangerous on the road. This 2011 AAA study titled “Unlicensed to Kill,” finds they are five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes, DUI’s, and more likely to flee the scene of a vehicular crime.
Beck’s decision has angered Don Rosenberg, a resident of Los Angeles County, who lost his 25-year-old law student son, Drew, in a 2010 accident caused by an unlicensed driver in San Francisco — another California city with lax impound policies. The driver, who tried fleeing the scene, after repeatedly running over the victim, had previously been pulled over but was allowed to retrieve his car after a short time, months before killing Drew.
“It doesn’t matter to me who killed my son — what their nationality was. It was the fact that if the law were followed, he’d be alive today,” the bereaved father said. “It’s more important that people who are in the country illegally get to drive than it is that people who are here get to live.”
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley wrote Chief Beck, saying his policy would be “invalid” in light of state law, which states a vehicle “shall be impounded.”
The liberal hierarchy of the Catholic Church has gotten involved in this issue. Cardinal Roger Mahony, former Archbishop of Los Angeles says, “A low-income person doesn’t have the ability to pay the fees after 30 days to get their car back.” Mahoney, a longtime pro-illegal activist said, “Basically, we’re just creating more punitive problems for them.” Here he ignorantly compares what he calls “Arizona’s dreadful immigrant law” to the systematic death camps of German Nazis and the forced labor gulags of Russian Communists.
Both Chief Beck and Cardinal Mahony should be ashamed. No doubt they’re not.