If you were outraged about San Francisco’s dangerous “sanctuary city” policy that set the stage for an innocent woman’s murder, you will be doubly angered by another California city’s step to normalize illegal immigration. Huntington Park, a smallish city of approximately 60,000 residents has just appointed two illegal aliens to serve on the city commission.
Huntington Park is overwhelmingly ethnic; lying on the outskirts of Los Angeles, it boasts a population that is 97% Hispanic. Even so, many of the city’s residents are stunned to see a move this flagrantly defiant of federal law. “We’re sending the wrong message: you can be illegal and you can come and work for the city,” one woman told the local news station.
To be sure, Huntington Park officials seem to have gone out of their way to find two upstanding examples of good (non?) citizenship. Julian Zatarain and Francisco Medina have a long and (eagerly reported by local media) encouraging history of volunteer work in the community. One is a college graduate and the other in hoping to pursue a degree in law. They even demonstrated a commitment to civic responsibility by helping Huntington Park councilman Jhonny Pineda campaign for office!
Coincidentally, it was Pineda himself who appointed the two illegals to the commission positions. Wait, is “coincidentally” the word?
“I am proud to appoint both Julian and Francisco to the Parks and Recreation Commission and Health and Education Commission, respectively,” Pineda said. “Huntington Park is a city of opportunity and a city of hope for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, creed, or in this case, citizenship. Both these gentlemen have accomplished a great deal for the city.”
Because it would violate federal law to pay the pair, Pineda was careful to emphasize that their positions would not be compensated. But while that may relieve the Huntington Park officials of their legal endangerment, it hardly excuses this blatant political stunt. It’s obvious that this appointment is largely symbolic, a way for Pineda to pander shamelessly to the Hispanic voters.
Unfortunately, this kind of normalization is growing all too common. Even without Obama’s amnesty program being enforced, illegal immigrants don’t seem to be bothering with those infamous “shadows.” In fact, it seems they can enjoy as much of the spotlight as they wish without any fear of deportation. They can go to college, hold public office, and even commit crimes without being sent back to their native countries. It’s a free for all, and it makes a joke out of federal law.
If we’re going to open the borders, then let’s have a vote. If we’re going to stick with the laws we have, then we need to go ahead and, um, enforce the damn things. Maybe enforcing the law is “racist” in 2015. Who knows anymore…