The L.A. Times‘s Sunday Opinion section has a special feature titled 40 on 40. The title refers to 40 people discussing Special Order 40, which restricts LAPD’s ability to enforce federal immigration laws. Or, as the deck headline explains: “Forty prominent Angelenos and Southern Californians sound off about policing, illegal immigrants and the LAPD.”
Make that 39 prominent Angelenos and Southern Californians . . . and me.
I was asked to keep my contribution to 40 words. Stick out your index finger and start poking the computer screen as you count the words to see how close I came:
Patrick “Patterico” Frey, blogger at Patterico’s Pontifications
Jamiel Shaw would be alive today if we deported every illegal immigrant in County Jail. Instead, immigration authorities screen only 6% of L.A. jail inmates. The best “Jamiel’s Law” would prioritize deporting criminals, by assigning more immigration agents to jails.
(Remember: L.A. counts as only one word!)
Read it all. It’s an interesting set of viewpoints. It’s good that people are paying attention to the issue.
Too bad for Jamiel Shaw that we weren’t paying more attention before.