Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jamiel's Law-Continuing Update

This past week, an LA Superior Court Judge, granting a motion by the City of Los Angeles and the ACLU, threw out a lawsuit filed against Special Rule 40 by a private citizen. Harold Sturgeon, an LA resident had brought the suit in 2006. In his ruling, Judge Rolf Treu said that Special Rule 40 was not in conflict with state and federal laws that dictate the flow of information between state and federal authorities regarding a person's immigration status.

Today, LA residents are holding a rally together with the Shaw family (whose son was allegedly murdered by an illegal alien gang member this past March)in support of Jamiel's Law, a proposed law that would force revisions in LA's Special Rule 40 (which restricts LAPD officers from taking pro-active action on the streets when they spot known illegal alien gang members.) The rally, being held at California State University at Northridge, will kick off a petition drive to get Jamiel's Law on the March 2009 ballot. One LA City Council member, Dennis Zine, will sign the petition, as will members of his staff. The proposed law was authored by LA Mayoral candidate, Walter Moore.

As for the City Administration itself? Most of the City Council, the mayor (Antonio Villaraigosa), the police chief (William Bratton) and virtually everybody else that counts in LA-are opposed to any change in Special Rule 40. LA remains a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.

As things stand now, only the voters of Los Angeles will be able to make Jamiel's Law a reality. They can expect no help from the City, it's police or the courts.

* Monday, June 30th, I will be a guest on Chad Everson's Grizzly Groundswell Show on Blogtalk Radio to discuss Jamiel's Law. The show will start at 5pm, PST. The dial-in number to join in is: (646) 915-9997 (New York City).

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