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Monday, April 7, 2008

An Update on Jamiel's Law

A hat tip goes to L.A. area blog Mayor Sam for this story...

This coming Tuesday morning, Jamiel's parents are going to City Hall at 9:45 a.m. to ask the Los Angeles City Council to adopt Jamiel's Law. Set forth below is an e-mail from the Shaws to you, explaining how you can help by joining them at City Hall or contacting the City Council. For more information, go to

Jamiel's Law would again outlaw L.A.'s status as a sanctuary city. Jamiel's Law is named after Jamiel Shaw, a 17 year old high school student with a promising future. Shaw was shot by a gang member named Pedro Espinoza. Espinoza is a gang member with a long rap sheet, and he is also here illegally. Because L.A. had a sanctuary policy, a policy in which police were prohibited from finding the legal status of criminals they arrested, Espinoza was let back on the streets rather than being deported.

Jamiel's Law is being touted by L.A. mayoral candidate, Walter Moore. The city council meeting tomorrow should be a major step toward ending L.A.'s status as a sanctuary city. On the issue of illegal immigration, I firmly believe that liberal pols like Mayor Villaraigosa have totally overestimated the views of the public. Even in a liberal city like L.A. the folks are simply not going to stand for innocent people being killed so that pols can get in tight with open borders lobbyists. Here is how Mayor Sam blog put it...

Forget DWP or anything else going on. This is the number one political problem for Antonio Villaraigosa right now. The usual team will be going full force to put a stop to it. Let's hope that Walter Moore, the Shaws and their supporters go all the way. A move to help prevent the death of innocent teenagers is too important to let the usual LA politics quash it.

I hope firmly that Jamiel's Law becomes a nationwide campaign much like Jessica's Law did in the aftermath of Jessica Lunsford's death, however a good place to start is in L.A.

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