Sunday, July 18, 2010

Illegal Immigration and prison.

The last thing this state needs is more non-citizens in jail. We already over incarcerate our citizens with prison terms too long and a department of corrections too soft on punishment. Why shouldn't gang bangers get real jobs? If you go to prison we(the law abiding tax payers of California) feed you. Clothe you. Educate you. Train you. Provide free medical, dental and vision care. Psychological therapy. Drug and alcohol counseling. Anger management.

Does anyone else see the problem here? I have over $50,000 in student loans. No insurance for myself or children. I have visa charges up the butt from paying for my clothes, food, insurance and rent because unemployment is maxed out at $450.00 a week when you use to earn $2500.00 a week at the job that doesn't exist anymore because the economy is in the toilet.

The prison system needs to return to hard labor. Let the prisoners do the work that some on this site claim "only Hispanics will do" and then there will no longer be a need for illegal immigrants to pick lettuce, grapes, spinach and strawberries. Cheap labor=Exploitation. Check yourself the next time you hire someone for cash you picked up at home depot or found on craigslist with no license, no insurance and no legal immigration status.

Illegal aliens are Illegal. They violate our laws. They bring with them (both the good and the bad) a community that is insular and breeds the criminal street gangs that have destroyed this city. Look around. The faces of Salinas have changed. There is a mass exodus of good people. Whether they flee to the safety of the hills in Las Palmas, Corral De Tierra, Toro Park or some other economically inflated piece of exclusionary real estate in an attempt to shelter themselves from the violence of Salinas or worse, completely leave the county, state or country in an attempt to find peace and respite from violence.

Wake up Salinas. Wake up California. Wake up America. The man with the gun is at your door. The police can't do your job for you. Take responsibility. Pick up your phone. Get involved. Testify in court. Defend your life and your family by any means necessary. Terrorists win when we alter our lives to reduce the risk of exposure. Shopped at Northridge lately? Drank coffee at an outside cafe in East Salinas at night? Why? Because you're afraid? There are more good citizens in Salinas than there are violent criminals.

In El Salvador citizens took to the streets and found the tattooed faces of the MS13 gangsters they knew were responsible for murder, rape, kidnapping and extortion, dragged them from their homes and the city prison and executed them. Not the government. Citizens. Just plain old, angry,frustrated citizens who were tired of living in fear. They dragged them in the streets and killed them. MS13 members no longer tattoo their faces.

Change Comes from Within.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gang violence hits small town America

Growing up in a small town you take certain aspects of life for granted. Smog, traffic, overcrowding and gang violence. But as the world becomes a global economy and our view the world expands through the internet, so to does the spread of suburban street gangs. Los Angeles, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. We get it. we understand it. We come to expect it. Ports of entry for immigrants of all nationalities. Big city crime was the norm.

But now in small towns and rural communities there is a new breed of gangster that's rearing its ugly head. Maybe it's the first sign of grafitti. Maybe it's first stabbing we read about in the newspaper. A subtle hint that something is amiss. This isn't a black thing. this isn't a Mexican problem. It isn't Irish, El Salvadorian, Russian or Ukranian. It's an American problem.

In my home town of Salinas, CA, a small rural farming community that boasts the birhtplace of John Steinbeck and the Lettuce Capitol of the World, we have a new record to boast about. The third highest murder rate per capita in the United States. In 2009 there were 21 homicides, all gang related, in a city with a population of 148,000. That's 1 in 7,048 residents. In comparison Los Angeles had 314, with a population of 3.9 million people.

Now we have politcal infighting. Everyone is fired up on one side of the fence or the other over illegal immigration the State of Arizona's response. The sad truth is that as long as our borders are unsecured we are at risk. Be it from terrorists, drug cartels or illegal immigrants flooding into our country. With this flood comes Sureno and Norteno gang members, MS 13 and any number of new groups forming once they arrive here, while our President does nothing to stem the tide.

I feel sorry for the residents of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. You are the first wave of defense, while those of us in the north wait patiently for the gun fire to errupt in our cities. We hide away in our private sanctuaries, hoping the porblems will stay down south. But these simply illusions. Soon you will see the red or blue paint of gang grafitti in your towns. The violence begin and everyone will ask themselves, "When did this all start?"