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Meg Whitman Threatens Immigrants, San Francisco, Sanity

by: Brian Leubitz

Thu May 07, 2009 at 11:18:05 AM PDT

In her unending quest to ensure that she fits in with the Yacht Party Extremists, Meg Whitman goes for the red meat: immigration. Carla Marinucci was able to catch up with "eMeg" at the Moscone Center in, ahem, San Francisco.

Whitman was questioned on her comment this week on Neil Cavuto's Fox TV show, regarding sanctuary cities. She told the Fox host that in San Francisco, "there is an ordinance on the books that protects illegal aliens and criminal illegal aliens. We have to stop that.''

Asked how as governor she would do that, Whitman said: "Of course, immigration law is a federal law..we need to work with the federal government to actually change those laws in San Francisco.''

"We have to prosecute illegal aliens and criminal illegal aliens in all of our cities, in every part of California ..which is consistent with federal immigration law." (SF Gate Politics Blog 5/7/09)

Now, Whitman hasn't actually thought about the ramifications of "working with the federal government to change these laws in San Francisco."  I assure you, as an active participant in San Francisco politics, that the Board of Supervisors will not be changing the sanctuary city policy. Not only does that violate a slew of federalism doctrines, but the political reality of San Francisco.

Whitman might also want to take a step back from her San Francisco bashing to notice that SF isn't the only city in the state with a sanctuary city policy. The list also includes cities that you'd expect like Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Jose, but also a slew that she might be a bit surprised by. San Diego, and Fresno, perhaps.  The reason why all of these cities are sanctuary cities? Well, I'm sure much of it is about the basic human rights questions.  But beyond that there is just the practical matter of having a whole underclass of people that will not report crimes. It's like an invitation to the every would-be criminal to perpetrate their crimes in those communities, as there would be no enforcement of our laws.

As if just to throw down another little symbol of her unfamiliarity with government, apparently there is $16 Billion in the state budget that can be cut through the use of technology alone. Huzzah for magic faeries!

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Wow (0.00 / 0)
Guess she really doesn't want to win the general election.

And of course, the sanctuary city policy is a very good, sound policy that protects basic human rights from the family-wrecking thugs at ICE.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

I am not totally against the idea (0.00 / 0)
I am not totally against the idea of a sanctuary city policy, but if you are honestly a criminal where you done a violent crime or have a felony and you are undocumented you should get deported after you serve your sentence.

If you are a day laborer trying to survive to support your family, you should be left alone.

Meg wants to target day laborers and violent criminals in a broad brush which will not help with getting support beyond the Republican Party's 30% of the vote share.  

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Interesting you say that (0.00 / 0)
In our blogger meeting with Gavin Newsom at the CDP Convention he made exactly that point - that the SF sanctuary city policy was never intended to protect violent or juvenile criminals, and when he discovered that the policy was having that effect, he had it changed.

I'm sure some SF-based readers can provide a more complete picture of what happened, since that was Newsom's side of the story. But you're absolutely right that Whitman is deliberately arguing all undocumented Californians are the same as violent criminals.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

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Crack Pot (0.00 / 0)

"I staunchly oppose something that 56 percent of registered voters in California and 52 percent of Americans say they want."

If nothing else, she's a great representative of the Party of No.

Hoooray for... (0.00 / 0)
...magic pixie dust. This 'business person' is just more of the failed policies we've seen from BOTH sides of the aisle. I guess after the schools and the UC system are wrecked and we are dying of cholera from filthy water the people of this once great place to live will wake up.


Until then we have the great pleasure of listening to fools like this.

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