My 2 Cent

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Checkpoints do work

Actually they seem to work really well
in Oakland California. This article is so
full of stupidity, I'm gonna have to
comment on some of my favorite parts.
Ok, here we go.
The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of insurance, are an effective way to get drunken drivers off Oakland's streets, city leaders agree. But the checks also have ensnared dozens of illegal immigrants who are not licensed to drive yet otherwise obey the law.
Otherwise obey the law? Are they kidding?
The "illegal immigrants" broke the law just
getting into this country.
These checkpoints make people's lives miserable, not make them safer," said Jesus Rodriguez of Oakland Community Organizations, which filed most of the complaints about the checkpoints. "I've watched while the police have towed away cars (full) of groceries, leaving children crying on the sidewalk.
Am I supposed to feel sorry for these people?
They obviously shouldn't have been driving
in the first place.
The new checkpoint guidelines, which are not final, may call for police to notify Latino community organizations of the time and location of coming checkpoints. The checkpoints will be held after the evening rush-hour commute and rotated throughout the city, officials said.
Yeah, ok, let's warn the lawbreakers. This makes sense,
if you don't want to catch anyone breaking the law.
Legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants who submit to background checks to apply for a California driver's license was vetoed this week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hello. They don't belong here. Is anyone awake
in Oakland? Well, at least (R)nold is.
While officers have some discretion, the cars of unlicensed drivers are usually towed. To get their cars back, owners must pay $125, plus any storage fees. That is a significant burden to many illegal immigrants, Rodriguez said.
Boo freakin' hoo!

Reid said he has little sympathy with Rodriguez's position.

"I don't care if they are illegal immigrants," Reid said.

"They should not be driving on our streets without a license, without insurance. I expect the Oakland Police Department to do its job and get them off the street."

My thoughts exactly. While they are at it,
give them a oneway ticket back to their