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L.A. To Give Illegal Immigrants ID Cards

L.A. To Give Illegal Immigrants ID Cards

OCTOBER 17, 2012

Los Angeles could soon be the latest of several cities across the nation to make life easier for illegal immigrants by offering them official photo identification cards to help them access taxpayer-funded services and open bank accounts.

It’s a necessary measure to help illegal aliens incorporate into civic life, according to lawmakers in the city of about 4 million. Nearly half of L.A. residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a chunk are in the U.S. illegally. One L.A. councilman told a local newspaper that the ID cards will allow illegal aliens “who have been living in the shadows to be out in the day of light.”

So this week a council committee unanimously approved a measure that allows the city to solicit proposals from potential vendors who would implement the ID card program. This, of course, means it’s going to cost taxpayer a chunk of change. The full council must now approve it, but that will be a breeze in the City of Angels. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a renowned open borders advocate, is ready to sign the law. In fact, the idea came from him.  

A self-described Chicano mayor, Villaraigosa is a longtime member of an extremist Mexican group (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan—-Mecha) that claims seven states in the southwestern U.S. were stolen from Mexico and must be re conquered and reclaimed for Mexico. He played a key role in his city’s huge and disruptive pro illegal immigration marches a few years ago and encouraged massive student walkouts that cost the area’s beleaguered public school system nearly $1 million.

The L.A. mayor says his key goal is to help illegal immigrants in his city access banking services with the new ID cards. Several municipalities across the nation already offer illegal immigrants official government ID cards to facilitate life in the U.S. New Haven, Connecticut became the first to offer undocumented aliens the cards in 2007 and a handful of others soon followed. In California, San Francisco and Oakland offer illegal immigrants the perk and in New Jersey both Princeton and Trenton issue the cards to illegals.

California has the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants—mostly from Mexico—and taxpayers take a huge hit to pay for their education, incarceration and medical care. In healthcare alone, Los Angeles County blows about $400 million annually on illegal aliens, according to figures published a few years ago by the Department of Social Services. Welfare and food stamps add another $440 million and incarceration $244 million, according to the agency’s figures.


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  • Felicia18


  • Felicia18

    You’re so ignorant. “put this freak back on the bus back to Mexico where he belongs”
    How are you to know if he’s even FROM Mexico.
    I’m a naturally born American citizen. I’m ashamed of the society i was raised in because of ignorant people like you. My fater, a hispanic man was legal before i was even conceived. My mother, a white woman of course was born and raised here in the U.S. I felt sorry for people like you while in High School. Because just like you, ignorant people would ASSUME that just because i am patially hispanic that i come from Mexico. And like you..they said i should “go back to Mexico where i belong”. Little did they know i’ve never even BEEN to Mexico. I was born and raised here and am a proud American (dispite ignorance like yours floating around). So PLEASE have a little bit of sense when spitting off your comments.
    Have a wonderful day and God bless.

  • law_watcher

    It seams impossible to deport ALL the illeagle aliens. Some have been here for years. At least they can just paid a fine and apply for citizenship. If they are criminals, deport ‘em.

  • boozy

    This anti american LaRasa member needs to be deported for activities that are un american….In the Kalifornia voter guide it clearly states that a credit/debit card are adequate ID to vote in Kalifornia….This scum Mayor wants to give Illegals the ability to Vote in Kalifornia….someone needs to put this freak back on the bus back to Mexico where he belongs….Also, wonder how that corruption thing with the Lakers is going….pretty much swept under the carpet….

  • loriaw07

    I think the Mayor should be required to serve Border Patrol Duty for not less than one year.

  • BajaRat

    Federal Immigration and Nationality Act –Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

    “Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

    Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

    A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:

    * assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or

    * encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or

    * knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

    Penalties upon conviction include criminal fines, imprisonment, and forfeiture of vehicles and real property used to commit the crime. Anyone employing or contracting with an illegal alien without verifying his or her work authorization status is guilty of a misdemeanor. Aliens and employers violating immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and seizure of their vehicles or property. In addition, individuals or entities who engage in racketeering enterprises that commit (or conspire to commit) immigration-related felonies are subject to private civil suits for treble damages and injunctive relief.


    I don’t think that MEChA-boy Villar, Beck, or that gaggle of radical left wing ethnic pimps on the City Council would fare very well in prison :-)

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