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Taxpayer-Funded Border Crashers By: Tom Fitton
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Judicial Watch continues to fight for the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws, leading a nationwide legal campaign against so-called “sanctuary policies” for illegal aliens. Judicial Watch has battled against taxpayer-funded day labor sites for illegals in Herndon, Virginia, Laguna Beach, California, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Westchester, New York, and Southampton, New York. Now you can add Thousand Oaks, California, to that growing list.

Last Tuesday, I sent a letter to the Mayor of Thousand Oaks, California, warning him about the legality of the city’s taxpayer-funded day labor site for illegal aliens. Judicial Watch had previously uncovered documents through the California Public Records Act indicating that the City of Thousand Oaks spent more than $133,000 in taxpayer funds between 2001 and 2007 to subsidize the day labor site, which serves illegal aliens. My can be read in its entirety on our Internet site www.judicialwatch.org .

“For the City to use taxpayer resources in this manner is akin to a city operating it’s own ‘red light’ district or illegal drug market to enable persons who participate in such activities to have a safe, orderly, well-regulated environment in which to engage in their illicit transactions. We trust that taxpayer resources will not continue to be misused for the operation of a day laborer site. Kindly confirm that you will cease immediately expending citizen taxpayer dollars and resources for the day laborer site.”

I realize that the federal government has dropped the ball in terms of securing the border. What I fail to understand, however, is why local officials continue to implement “solutions” to the problem that are not only illegal, but nonsensical.

Federal law prohibits the hiring of an illegal alien if it is known that the alien is not authorized to work in the United States. Studies conducted around the country confirm that the vast majority of day laborers lack the proper documentation to work in the United States. Clearly, the citizens of Thousand Oaks are being forced to subsidize illegal activity with their tax dollars.

Moreover, how do local officials expect to curb the illegal immigration crisis by providing the number one incentive that causes illegals to cross the border in the first place – jobs?

(By the way, I was a guest this week on the Glenn Beck television program, which is broadcast on CNN’s Headline News, talking about the recent court decision striking down two illegal immigration laws in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. You can view the interview here. Unlike Thousand Oaks, the Mayor of Hazleton, Lou Barletta, actually tried do the right thing by implementing laws designed to deter illegal immigration. Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on behalf of the City of Hazleton.)


Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch.


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