Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Jamiel Shaw's Family Wants Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

Jamiel Shaw II

Many people might remember the young man Jamiel Shaw who died an unnecessary early in March. Charged with Jamiel’s murder is Pedro Espinoza, a 19-year-old alleged member of the 18th Street gang. Less than a day before Jamiel was killed, Espinoza had been released from jail, where he had been serving time for assault with a deadly weapon. Federal officials have determined that Espinoza could have been deported since he was smuggled into the country illegally as a toddler.

Jamiel's Law is a law proposed by candidate for Mayor, Walter Moore. To sum it Jamiel’s Law calls for a “no sanctuary” policy for gang members and an effort by the Los Angeles Police Department, immigration officials and the U.S. Attorney’s office to “identify, arrest, prosecute, imprison and deport illegal aliens who are, or appear to be, gang members or affiliate gang members.” Current law, known as Special Order 40, forbids the police to arrest someone on immigration violations alone.

His mother Anita Shaw, Army sergeant who was recalled from Iraq after the death of her son, said she planned to attend Espinoza's arraignment today before shipping out Thursday(tomorrow) to Kuwait and then to Germany.

"I'm safer, somewhat, in Iraq than my son is safe on the streets of the United States. It doesn't make sense," she told the council.

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