Family is family, but in a dramatic demonstration of just what we are facing thanks to 20 years of unchecked traffic across our border, the new California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) told media last Tuesday that “half his family” was in the country illegally. But what is even worse, the man that has sworn to uphold the constitution of the U.S. and the State of California also admitted that they were using false documents, and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s new executive order against “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
De Léon, who not surprisingly, introduced the bill to make California a “Sanctuary State.” made his remarks at a hearing in Sacramento on SB54. He said in the attached video that: “… I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation.”
De Leon made a spectacle out of his disdain for the very laws of the country and state that he has sworn to uphold and defend as he testified before the Senate Public Safety Committee. In addition, De Léon defended the widespread practice by illegal aliens, his family included, of using fraudulent documents to work and obtain taxpayer-paid benefits. But if that was not enough, he went on to totally dismiss any concerns California citizens may have about being the target of identity theft as a result of the use of false documents.
The following day he was interviewed by a local radio station, KPCC 89.3’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, De Léon again expressed outrage that President Trump’s executive order would include those who are knowingly using fraudulent documents and have committed identity theft to obtain a Social Security number including his own family members. “Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at McArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,” De Léon said.
De Leon then went on to say that: “He’s trying to deputize police officers — and with the suspicion of someone being a criminal or having a broken taillight, that they themselves, as a local police officer, could call the ICE agents immediately and have that person deported without even legal due process.”
When the Host, Larry Mantle questioned him it led to the following exchange:
Mantle: “… First of all, I just — I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?”
De Léon: “I don’t think so … the vast majority of immigrants — hard working immigrants — have done that. I can tell you I have family members specifically who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.”
Mantle: “But of course the problem is, — and I know people too — who’ve had their Social Security numbers and identities stolen as a result of that….”
At that point De Léon attempted to minimized the problem, saying it was not the same as “Russian” hacking. And he was right about that, because the Russian Hacking is only unproven allegations, while the problem of identity theft is a well documented crime that is a threat to every American and costs our economy hundreds of millions each year.
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