California town says it's fine to rape illegal immigrants
In an emerging trend, Costa Mesa leaders agreed Wednesday to clear the way for police officers to enforce federal immigration laws — a move some fear will having a chilling effect in the city's Latino community.In other words, illegal immigrants who get raped (or beaten or robbed) would have to choose between, say, keeping a job that feeds their family or getting justice for the crime committed against them. If you go to the cops, you're gone.
The City Council voted to negotiate an agreement with federal immigration officials that would allow city police to check some criminal suspects to see if they are in the country illegally, a job now reserved for federal immigration officials.
Does anyone doubt that this is part of the intent of these laws? That there's a tacit threat of a permanent victim status for those who attempt to enter the country illegally?
I honestly haven't come to any final answers to illegal immigration, but I don't think tossing people to the wolves is a proper response.
Update: Paul, in comments, says that I'm making a leap of logic, as the article says that "Officials in Costa Mesa said they would only check the status of people arrested on suspicion of felonies or criminal gang activity."
May I just say that, like many of the immigrants of Orange Country, I ain't buyin' it? And, even if they are true to their word, if I and others aren't picking up what they're putting down, doesn't that equate to the same result as a direct threat of deportation if you report a crime? We're talking here about a class of people already living in fear of authority already, so this would just make it less likely they would report their victimhood for fear of being victimized again.
These political tirades have real results for real people.