Re: your Aug. 23 article, â€śImmigration law will not be enforced at local levelâ€?:
Who does the mayor thing he is kidding? I read with disbelief that less than 1 percent of Simi Valley police bookings were found to be illegals. But when I got to Page 2 of the story, the other shoe dropped when I read, â€śLack of Spanish-speaking officers is obstacle.â€?
I donâ€™t want to overstate the obvious, but the fact that an arrestee can only speak Spanish should be setting off some alarm bells about citizenship. Wouldnâ€™t an audit of the effectiveness of the police departmentâ€™s ability, or willingness, to determine citizenship be more appropriate than bragging that you canâ€™t tell whether the people you are booking are in the country legally or not? With the recent surge in property crime in our city, I would feel better if the mayor was bragging about how many criminals got deported rather than how many were returned to the streets.
â€” Jack Peters, Simi Valley