| 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!