Supplementing the 700 Mile Fence
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - City leaders have approved an ordinance prohibiting landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass laws cracking down on people who hire or rent to undocumented immigrants.
Yep, better to let them just sleep under a bridge or other appropriate place. Because it would likely lead to the downfall of our nation, or possibly the entirety of western civilization, if illegal immigrants were to have proper housing.
More than 100 police officers and sheriff's deputies dressed in riot gear were on hand for the vote, passed 3-2 Wednesday. After the measure was approved, one person ran outside the council chamber and yelled, "The USA wins!" prompting opponents and supporters gathered on the lawn to shout at each other for 30 minutes.
No, the USA loses. We are largely a nation of immigrants (or descendants of same). As of the most recent count (sorry, no link), something like 60% of Americans are descendants of immigrants that arrived here in the last 100 years. How quickly we have forgotten our roots.
Landlords will now find themselves playing the role of Department of Immigration agent:
Under the law, landlords will be required to submit documentation of their tenants' immigration status to the city, which will then submit the information to the federal government for verification.
And the requisite penalty provisions have been enacted.
If tenants are found to be illegal immigrants, landlords would be given 10 days to evict them or face suspension of their business license. Repeat offenders could face misdemeanor charges and fines.
What have we become?