2004 September 27 Monday
Oakland Stops DUI Checks To Avoid Catching Illegal Aliens

Truth is stranger and more pathetic than fiction in Oakland California.

OAKLAND -- Oakland police officers have stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente.

The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of insurance, are an effective way to get drunken drivers off Oakland's streets, city leaders agree. But the checks also have ensnared dozens of illegal immigrants who are not licensed to drive yet otherwise obey the law.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is dangerous. Drunk drivers kill people every day (excuse me for stating the obvious). The mind boggles. But the police do not want to catch people who are driving without a legal driver's license since most of those are illegal aliens. Of course the police ought to be arresting those illegals and holding them for deportation. But our worthless elites are determined to continue undermining the enforcement of immigration law.

Allowing illegals to stay in the United States is deemed as more important than saving lives.

“It’s absolutely insane to stop these checkpoints,” Councilman Larry Reid told the Oakland Tribune. “I would not want to explain to a mother why we stopped doing these checkpoints when we know they work and her son or daughter was killed.”

Update: Former California Governor and now mayor of Oakland Jerry Brown has ordered the resumption of DUI traffic stops.

Oakland police officers will restart the roadblocks next week, despite complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale). The last checkpoint happened more than a month ago.

"The so-called moratorium is hereby terminated," Brown said Monday. "The whole thing was a dumb idea."

Jerry Brown has been showing other signs of common sense of late with his recently stated opposition to loosening the "three strikes" law for convicted felons.

Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown told a legislative committee Monday that passage of a ballot measure to modify the state's "threestrikes" law would "wreak havoc" in his city and in communities all over the state.

"Under this law, you're going to cut loose thousands of people who the prosecutors of this state - all 58 of them - think should be locked up for the rest of their lives," Brown told the hearing on the upcoming Proposition 66 measure.

Brown, mayor of a poor lower class city, knows he needs every tool of law enforcement he can get in maintain the peace and keep the law-abiding people safe from law-breakers. If only most of our political elites could adopt a similar attitude we'd be a lot better off.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 September 27 10:40 AM  Immigration Societal Decay

TangoMan said at September 27, 2004 2:13 PM:

To add to the surreal aspect of your piece, consider that it took the ConeHeads movie to portray INS agents actually pursuing illegal aliens.

John S Bolton said at September 27, 2004 5:18 PM:

This gives the lie to the immigrationist propaganda which expressed special concern over highway safety, when asking for driver's licences for foreign criminals. They must have been lying when they said their priority concern was making the roads safer. More crowded roads are also less safe, yet the race-warriors for the 3rd world in our midst, all but explicitly say that it is everyone else's duty to sacrifice but theirs. When propagandastic methods, such as using rationales which are not actually believed, keep being used by such advocates, there is no alternative but to infer their goals by the effects of their proposals. The overrunning of the country by hostile foreigners, their collision with citizens in racial violence and the intensification of such conflicts, must be the goal.

Kurt said at September 27, 2004 8:04 PM:

Does this mean that when I visit Oakland, that I do not need a driver's license to drive there? What about the rest of the Bay Area? I hardly drink alcohol these days, let alone drive drunk.

I will certainly keep this in mind for my next business trip to the Bay Area, if should rent a car.

Brenda said at September 28, 2004 10:15 AM:

Even the ultralibs in Oakland wouldn't go for this BS: Mayor Brown reinstituted the DUI checks, calling the stoppage a "dumb idea."

Oakland DUI checks back on

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