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Posted: 5/15/2002 9:15:10 PM EST
What is wrong with you kalidiots? [url]www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000034275may15.story[/url] LOS ANGELES L.A. to Honor Identity Cards From Mexico Experiment: Council votes to accept matricula consular on a trial basis, opening city services to illegal immigrants. Some say it undercuts U.S. law. By SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER The Los Angeles Police Department and other city agencies will accept identification cards issued by the Mexican Consulate as valid ID for illegal immigrants on a trial basis as a result of a closely watched City Council vote Tuesday. The Los Angeles City Council voted 13 to 1 to approve a six-month pilot program to accept the matricula consular, an identification card the Mexican government has issued to expatriates for more than a century. The decision means illegal immigrants--ineligible for Social Security cards, driver's licenses and other officially recognized U.S. identification documents--will be able to obtain many of the same city services as legal residents. Among other things, they will be able to borrow books from libraries, attend hearings at City Hall, and be cited and released by police for minor traffic violations, rather than being taken to jail to be processed for those stops. Immigrants' rights groups and most council members hailed the move, saying it allows immigrants to prove their identity--especially important in a post-Sept. 11 world--and to ease the travails of everyday life. "It's an issue of human dignity and respect," said Councilman Nick Pacheco, urging his colleagues to support the matter. "This country has long respected all of our residents, and this is an expansion of that respect." Victor Narro, a project director with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles, said the decision helps hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers, such as day laborers and domestics, who form a key element of the region's economy. "These workers basically live in the shadow of our city," he said. Others, however, argued that the decision will undercut federal immigration laws. "This document is almost a flat-out admission that the person who holds it is in the country illegally," said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles office of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "The city of Los Angeles should not adopt an official policy of not only are we going to turn a blind eye, but we're going to recognize these documents that say we're here illegally."
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 9:16:17 PM EST
(continued) [b]The Mexican government has advised its 48 U.S. consulates to promote the ID cards for the estimated 3 million undocumented Mexicans living in the United States. Applicants must provide a birth certificate, military or school ID or other valid Mexican identification to receive the matricula consular.[/b] A new generation of cards incorporates security features such as holograms to discourage forgeries. Despite the measure approved Tuesday, Los Angeles city workers do not have to accept a card they find suspicious. If police pull over a speeding cardholder, for example, they can call the Mexican Consulate to verify his or her identity. Similar measures have been approved in Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Ana and other cities. Banks, airlines and other businesses courting Mexican customers have been recognizing the cards as legal ID in recent years. Indeed, Miriam Galicia Duarte of Wells Fargo in Los Angeles said 20,000 new accounts have been opened at her bank's branches since it began accepting the cards last November. About $50 million has been deposited in California banks overall, she said. It "has been an incredible program that has given the opportunity to thousands and thousands of individuals in the U.S. to now be a part of the financial mainstream in this country," she said. Councilman Hal Bernson--the lone member of the council to vote against the pilot program--said he believes individual institutions such as Wells Fargo have the right to decide whether to accept the ID cards. But "I have some questions about why we should recognize this card officially," he said. Mehlman agreed, saying police officers can already exercise discretion when dealing with illegal immigrants. "You couldn't do any police work without certain discretion," he said. But "we shouldn't be giving people any blanket assurances that they never have to worry about the police." Local and police officials countered that the move--supported by the LAPD--will help protect neighborhoods, and especially the vulnerable residents preyed upon by slumlords and gang members who know their victims are afraid to call the police. "People will be able to report crimes to the LAPD without any fear," said Councilman Eric Garcetti. "We need to have that in our communities."
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 9:21:24 PM EST
Is it any wonder that we have a $23.6 billion budget shortfall? [url]http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/latimes/20020515/lo/davis_seeks_tax_hikes_to_bridge_gap_1.html[/url] Davis Seeks Tax Hikes to Bridge Gap By JULIE TAMAKI and MIGUEL BUSTILLO Gov. Gray Davis (news - web sites) proposed raising taxes Tuesday on smokers and motorists to help overcome what has grown into a $23.6-billion budget shortfall, saying there was no other way to protect schools. The move reversed a promise Davis made in January not to ask for tax increases. The tax hikes--an $84 increase in the average vehicle license fee and a boost of 50 cents per pack in the cigarette tax--would total $1.75 billion, according to Davis' estimates. But although they probably will account for most of the Capitol's budget debate in coming weeks, they represent only a share of Davis' plan to fill the budget shortfall. Much of the gap would be closed by $7.6 billion in spending reductions, including deep cuts in health programs for the poor. Davis also relies heavily on various accounting shifts, budget transfers and loans, such as borrowing $4.5 billion against the state's future share of the national tobacco settlement and postponing some payments to schools. His fourth budget as governor surely isn't the one Davis hoped to propose as he seeks reelection. It represents a dramatic reversal of fortunes in just two years. In May 2000, Davis presented a budget that featured an unanticipated surplus of $12.3 billion and offered tax rebates along with new spending on education and transportation.
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[Last Edit: 5/15/2002 11:21:06 PM EST by shooter69]
Keep changing the rules to accommodate law breaking and you'll get more of it. That's the history so far.
Link Posted: 5/16/2002 12:54:10 AM EST
Satan lives in kali..... the new Babylon...... just "in the mood" to kali-bash today....
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