Illegals are the new ‘sovereign citizens’ – excused from traffic tickets, impounding and auto insurance laws
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, April 06, 2012
Though the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment calls for equal protection under the laws, not everyone in the United States is, well, considered equal. Some, it seems, are considered more than equal.
In Los Angeles, for example, police will begin ignoring a California state law that requires authorities to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days. Why? Because so many illegal aliens don’t have driver licenses and the politically correct powers that be in L.A. feel that’s unfair to these new “sovereign citizens” who are now above the law.
According to L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck – who ostensibly took an oath of office to uphold the laws of the city, state and nation – police will now simply accept some form of identification other than a driver’s license, as well as proof of insurance and vehicle registration. If drivers can produce those items, well, they can keep their car.
“It’s about fairness. It’s about equal application of the law,” Beck told an L.A. television station in March.
Self-anointed ‘fairness’ police
Opponents of Beck’s decision are understandably upset, but over more than just the blatant disregard for the law. For instance, they point to a 2011 AAA study called Unlicensed to Kill that showed unlicensed drivers were five times more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes, and are much more likely to leave the scene of an accident, than are licensed drivers.
Then, of course, there are other tangible – and intangible – aspects to Beck’s decision. Will the new policy also apply to resident citizens of L.A.? Or will they be subject to the state law and lose their vehicles if they don’t have a driver’s license? What about resident-citizens from other parts of the state? Will citizens from outside the state be allowed to skirt the law and benefit from the “some form of I.D. only” policy?