Note: Due to time limitations, I was not able to read the entire statement, but the pertinent elements came through.
Good Evening, Mayor Macias and Huntington Park CA, City Council.
My name is Arthur Christopher Schaper, a life-long resident of Southern California, born and raised in Torrance.
Normally, I would not be attending a city council meeting in South Eastern Los Angeles County, but when I discovered that this city council had decided to appoint two illegal aliens to city commissions -- Julian Zatarian, 21, and Francisco Medina, 29, -- I was offended and horrified at the rate in which California representatives, city and state, have flouted the rule of law, all while dishonoring legal residents and United States citizens, born and naturalized.
Legal status, for those not fortunate to be born in this great country, is a precious privilege, one which no legal authority has the right to undermine. Whether we believe that the process of naturalization is long and tortured, the fact remains: this country is a nation of laws not men, and every person who seeks to be a citizen must do so legally. Every person who seeks to serve in public capacity, under legal auspices, must be legal residents.
It is inexcusable for this council to ignore legal, moral, and historical precedent and determining to allow to illegal residents to sit on city commissions. The argument that there is no law preventing this specific action is completely irrelevant. Someone breaks the law is not entitled to administer law based on a common sense understanding of legal enforcement and precedent.
|Huntington Park City Council|
In the late 1960s, Former Governor Ronald Reagan lectured leaders of the University of California System than no one has the right to break the law in the name of social protest. I echo the same criticism, and condemn your actions. Every person sitting on this city council took an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions. “We the People” implies “We the citizens” not “We the illegal aliens”.
Councilmember Johnny Pineda contends: "They have been community volunteers for a lot of years," Pineda told KABC-TV. "They've always given to the community ... They just happen to be undocumented."
I take great exception to Mr. Pineda’s political correctness. They are not “undocumented”. They are not immigrants, either, since the term implies legality. No, they are illegal aliens, for whatever reason, and they are not entitled to continue breaking the law, regardless of whatever good actions they engaged in prior. They are certainly not entitled to serve on city commissions or have advisory influence on city or state matters, either.
This council should be ashamed for appointing two illegals to sit on city commissions. Cities are designed to serve and protect citizens, and only citizens and legal residents should be sitting on advisory boards and commissions.
Now, for those who contend that outrage against illegal immigration in general and against this council’s egregious actions in particular is racist or xenophobic, I wish to inform this council and those listening that I have many friends of all colors, who oppose illegal immigration, who do not believe in undermining the rule of law to promote piecemeal, de facto amnesty. Hispanic groups in and around this country are just as outraged about illegal immigration and border security as much as any other interest in this state. Mexican-born comedian Paul Rodriguez condemned illegal immigration on national television – CNN to be precise. Farm Labor Union leader Cesar Chavez opposed illegal immigration and certainly did not believe in pandering to it. Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a Democrat, an African-American, and a liberal’s liberal, was one of the fiercest opponents of illegal immigration and amnesty.
Last year, in protest of the President’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, residents of all colors and ages in Murrieta, California protested the relocation of illegal aliens to their city and blocked those buses.
Even Residents of this city denounced this decision:
"I don't think it's right," said Rosa Maria Zambrano. "I guess in my view that you ought to be a citizen in order to represent the city well. What if they were suddenly deported or something, and they don't do their job?"
Linda Caraballo said: "This is not helping the community. It is further dividing the community.” She also said that his move gave the city bad publicity. She was right.
In audience a few weeks prior, one audience member correctly shouted “Out of Order!” to this body. Another resident pointed out: “We’re sending the wrong message: you can be illegal and you can come and work for the city”.
A Paragon Insights poll found that Americans across all ethnicities, income and age groups, and political affiliations supported tougher rules for stopping illegal immigration including a majority of Hispanics (56% to 37%).
There is a long and growing uprising against any form of pandering to illegal aliens. I am following their example and protesting this council’s appointments.
This council should have heeded the advice of its lawful, legal residents. This council must rescind its appointments of two illegal aliens to city commission. Your actions are a flippant defiance to state and federal precedent, which insult the millions of naturalized citizens who obeyed the law to become citizens, and to every American who respects the rule of law.
Liberal Republican Neel Kashkari declared during his debate with Jerry Brown: "The answer to the world's problems is not an open border."
Nor is it sanctuary cities or in the case of Huntington Park, sanctuary advisory boards.