CALIFORNIA, August 29, 2014 — The shock waves from the Murrieta Illegal Immigration Rebellion are continuing to reverberate nationally and closer to home. Apparently the City of Riverside was pressured by open borders advocates to draft a resolution declaring Riverside an illegal immigrant friendly zone and sanctuary city. The proposed resolution under consideration read:
That was what was supposed to happen and what was expected to happen, but oddly enough, residents of Riverside, Riverside County and surrounding communities in Southern California caught wind of the city’s plans and lo and behold, showed up at the council meeting to beg to differ. Local paper, the Press Enterprise described the event:
“At a tense, hours-long meeting that brought at least five police vehicles to Riverside City Hall, Riverside City Council members on Tuesday night rejected a resolution that would have affirmed the city as a place that treats everyone fairly and supports humanitarian assistance for recent immigrants.”
It’s apparent that the writer, Alicia Robinson, decided to editorialize a bit with the summary of the event. As you can see, the resolution submitted to the city by LULAC and “Justice For Immigrants” and sponsored by Councilmember Andy Melendrez, does not contain the language “affirmed the city as a place that treats everyone fairly”. It does however, conflate illegal migrants with legal immigrants.
The city doesn’t need to re-affirm it’s responsibility to treat citizens fairly – it is obligated to do so under law. What it is not obligated to do is provide assistance in shielding persons living in this country illegally from immigration enforcement, even if the President of the United States is already doing so in contradiction of his oath of office.
In fact, the Mayor and a couple of the city council members in attendance, notwithstanding Councilmember Melendrez, pointed out that Riverside does not have proper standing to propose policies that are legitimately matters within the jurisdiction of the Federal government. “I believe this is outside the scope and authority of the city of Riverside,” said Councilman Steve Adams prior to recommending rejection of the resolution.
Melendrez went on a long drone about the history of Riverside, civil rights, sister cities and the various immigrant communities, but never addressed the social, economic and health crisis of unabated illegal immigration.
What precipitated this resolution and the council meeting held on August 26, was the still simmering anger over protesters in Murrieta having blocked the Federal government from processing illegals from Central America and releasing them in Riverside County. This added to the frustration that Congress has not (yet) knuckled under to the persistent call for amnesty for 15 million plus illegals.
Organizers of the Murrieta protests, such as Ms. Patrice Lynes, Retired Nurse and newly declared candidate for the neighboring Temecula City Council, were in attendance to defend against charges of bigotry and hate leveled at Murrieta citizens who opposed processing at the local Border Patrol facility.
The Council permitted a couple dozen individuals to present their arguments in favor or against the resolution. Notable were some of the typical advocates of favoritism towards only the segment of migrants entering illegally and only those representing the ethnic category of Hispanic. Included among them were white liberals trotting out the worm eaten cliches of the Left, including “social justice”, “diversity”, “inclusiveness”, “compassion” and in keeping with the open borders narrative that has developed in this controversy, “children”, “women and children” and “families”.
Perhaps more notable, were the many speakers addressing the council, who themselves are Americans of Hispanic heritage, looking at the bigger picture of how unsustainable this border surge is, especially in light of the fact that many of the “children” (drug cartel members, MS-13 gang members) have criminal records both in their home country and have already committed thousands of serious crimes in ours.
Also noted, was the predominance of social welfare recipients within the ‘undocumented’ community, contradicting the false narrative that more illegal immigration would be an economic boon to Riverside County and by extension, the United States.
None of the proponents of the resolution dared to mention that $58 billion dollars leaves this economy due to remittances back to South of our border. No wonder the border crossers can afford to pay drug cartel coyotes up to $6,000 each, to expose them to murder, rape, starvation and dehydration on their hazardous trek North. Conveniently absent from the pleadings of the open borders “inclusive” proponents is the billions stolen through fraudulent “earned income tax credit” filings and the refunds illicitly obtained.
One of the speakers, Ms. Kate Valdez – again an American of Hispanic ethnicity, made the point that America is accumulating debt exponentially, due to the invasion of illiterate, impoverished, and unskilled migrants. She detailed that the cost of sustaining illegals just in California, which has an inordinate number of the illegal population, is $2,724 per household. Debt that will have to be paid for with more borrowing made possible by other nations underwriting our staggering debt, including China, a menacing superpower.
Other individuals pointed out that we aren’t even making it a priority to assist our own citizens living in slums, exposed to crime, homeless, unemployed and veterans in desperate need of medical attention. One gentleman asked the council members to consider the fact that the city and county medical facilities are teetering constantly on financial insolvency and that large numbers of illegals with an unknown array of serious communicable diseases could cause the system to collapse. And in fact, California with over three million illegals paid $79 million in unfunded mandates, and four major LA hospitals bankrupted and shut their doors in 2004.
The reality that California and the rest of the nation cannot continue on the same path, without becoming what these refugees fled from, is slowly and gradually sinking in with voters and taxpayers. We’re headed for the cliff. Hopefully we’ll hit the brakes on open borders before we go over.