Illegal immigration has been a giant topic of discussion, starting with the lead up to the presidential election. Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump jumpstarted the conversation with his bold claim to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States.
Since that initial claim, there have been many more discussions about keeping illegal immigrants out, improving the vetting process for incoming refugees, and who is going to fund the wall program. Now that Trump has become the president of the United States, he has signed a number of executive orders regarding immigration.
Democrats, in a way to protest the orders that were signed, have been coming up with sanctuary cities. These are cities and jurisdictions that have stated they will protect illegal immigrants from the federal government. President Trump then issued another executive order, deputizing local police officers to deport illegals.
Democrats are up in arms about this, as one of them, California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-L.A.), said that “half his family” was in the country illegally. They were able to get into the country using false documents that they either purchased or obtained.
De Léon, who also said that his family would be eligible for deportation, introduced a bill that would make California a “Sanctuary State.” Despite the fact that owning a false social security card is against the law, as is being an illegal immigrant, De Léon is doing what he can to protect illegals that are guilty of these offenses.
He spoke out, saying, “… I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation.”
He defended the practice of illegal aliens using fraudulent documents to work and obtain benefits while testifying before the Senate Public Safety Committee. He also dismissed any concerns about California citizens might have about being the target of identity theft.
De Léon also expressed outrage that Trump’s executive order would include those who posses fraudulent documents or even committed identify theft to obtain a Social Security number. Again, that is despite the fact that identity theft is a crime in the United States. He went on KPCC 89.3’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle to do an interview where he discussed this outrage.
“Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at McArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,” De Léon said. “He’s trying to deputize police officers — and with the suspicion of someone being a criminal or having a broken taillight, that they themselves, as a local police officer, could call the ICE agents immediately and have that person deported without even legal due process.”
That was when the host of the program, Larry Mantle, asked, “…First of all, I just – I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?” It’s a fair question, considering that identity theft is no laughing matter.
De Léon responded in a shocking way: “I don’t think so … the vast majority of immigrants – hard working immigrants – have done that. I can tell you I have family members specifically who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.”
When Mantle objected with, “But of course the problem is, — and I know people too – who’ve had their Social Security numbers and identities stolen as a result of that,” he was cut off when De Léon minimized the problem, saying it wasn’t the same as “Russian” hacking.
Therefore, Democrats believe that stealing a Social Security number is not a problem. They also believe that the “Russian” hacking is a bigger problem, despite the fact that it hasn’t been proven. Meanwhile identity theft is a big problem, and De Léon doesn’t think it’s a big deal because the immigrants are hard workers.
California has been a state that was more than willing to bend the rules though. This is the same state that has swapped out immigrant ID’s with full licenses in an attempt to hide them from the federal government. It’s hard to tell if someone is illegal or not if their license looks the same.
Democrats were already upset at one of the new laws that the new Congress has passed. They passed a law that would deny funding to those cities that still maintain a sanctuary status. Therefore, if they want to receive the federal funding, they have to stop harboring the illegals.
Share this article with your friends and family to show them that Democrats in California are upset that illegals that purchase fraudulent social security numbers are eligible for deportation. Despite the fact that identity theft is a crime, Democrats don’t care, as long as the immigrant is a “hard-working” one.