City Life: City is soft on illegals

May 25, 2010|By Steve Smith

Costa Mesans are so easy. As a politician in the city, all you have to do to draw attention away from a massive budget deficit is wave your illegal immigration saber.

The deficit news is bad. On May 12, the Daily Pilot reported that, "The city has heavily dipped into its reserves, using $35 million the past three years, and will for the first time experience a $2-million decrease in property tax revenues."

The next round of budget cuts could include 30 full- and part-time police positions.

So what is the big, bad City Council doing about the problem? On May 18, it decided to flex its muscles by approving, with Councilwoman Katrina Foley absent, a resolution declaring Costa Mesa a "Rule of Law" city.


Just what does that mean to residents? Nothing, unless you count the money wasted to process and present this nonsense to taxpayers.

The resolution does not create any new rules to reduce the illegal immigrant population, does not enhance enforcement on existing rules and doesn't state any new consequences as a result of residing in the city as an illegal immigrant.

But they sent a message!

Oh, yeah, the council sent a message all right. Here it is: We haven't a clue as to how to fix the budget, so we're going to get everyone riled up about something else.

The laughable part of this is that after all of the national publicity Costa Mesa has received due to its past talk on illegal immigration, four council members still felt the need to make this declaration. As if anyone would have thought otherwise.

Yet, there are Costa Mesa residents who support this type of bluster and get all puffy when they talk about how this city is so tough on "illegals."

The truth is that Costa Mesa is soft on illegal immigrants. Yes, that's right, soft.

When you separate the wheat from the chaff, when you separate the talk from the action, this is a great city in which to be an illegal immigrant.

Here's why:

1) If you are here illegally, your kids can attend a local public school for free.

2) If you are here illegally, you can work in Costa Mesa without fear of punishment because verification of citizenship is lax or non-existent.

3) If you are here illegally, you can hang out at any number of places up and down Placentia Avenue, trolling passing vehicles for tax-free day labor work.

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