More than 200 people, many wearing signs reading "Terminate Secure Communities" and carrying flags from countries including Mexico and Brazil, packed a conference room in Los Angeles Monday night to recount their experiences with a program they say is making immigrants reluctant to report crime to police out of fear of getting deported.
"Every day I live the nightmare of this program," said Blanca Perez, 38, who said she was arrested in February for street vending without a permit. "Now I am facing deportation for the simple act of selling ice cream in the street."
No, illegal. You're facing deportation for being in our country without our permission. American laws mean things, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons why our country is so much better than the one that you left.
What I want to know is why Blanca Perez isn't back in her own country or sitting in a detention center right now. I also want to know why there wasn't a big ICE detention bus parked outside that meeting and several enforcement agents on hand to check ID's. I guarantee you that if ICE does that once or twice at meetings like this, we'll see an end to the repeated spectacle of foreigners who are unlawfully in our country loudly and arrogantly making demands of our elected representatives.
Any Presidential candidate who promises to take such an action will have my vote in 2012.