LAPD: “We Don`t Get Into” Immigration Status Of Christmas Story Director`s Killer

At 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, Bob Clark, the
67-year-old director of the Christmas movie classic

A Christmas Story,

and his 24-year-old son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, were killed
when the Infiniti that Clark was driving was hit head
on—by a drunk,

unlicensed
driver in a GMC Yukon driving in the
wrong lane.

An

AP story
on the incident reported that "the
driver of the other vehicle, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24,
of Los Angeles … will be booked for investigation of
`gross vehicular manslaughter` after being treated"

for minor injuries at

UCLA Medical Center,
according to LAPD spokesman,
Lt. Paul Vernon.

The AP story quoted Lt. Vernon as saying:
"The initial investigation has concluded that Nava was
driving without a license northbound in the southbound
lanes while under the influence of an alcoholic
beverage."
[A
Christmas Story` director, son killed in L.A. car crash
,
By Jeremiah Marquez, April 4, 2007]

A 29-year-old female companion riding with
Velazquez-Nava also suffered minor injuries.

At the LAPD Media Relations Section, an Officer Hurty
told me, "I think blood was drawn" from
Velazquez-Nava, but that "we don`t [have a blood
alcohol level on him],"
and "that`s going to be
part of evidence used in court"
so "we don`t want
[unclear] releasing that."

And, I asked, do you know anything about [Velazquez-Nava`s]
immigration status? "No, we don`t."

Do you plan on …, "No, we don`t get into that."
(Officer Hurty anticipated my question on immigration
status; she must get a lot of that.)

[VDARE .COM note:
See


tonight`s TL
:

A reader who emailed the

LA Times
found that,


surprisingly
, they were
willing to look into

Velazquez-Nava`s status, but said that police might
withhold the information
.]

Let`s see. A man with a Spanish name and

no driver`s license
is so blasted that he drives
into incoming traffic, kills two

American citizens
and almost kills his female
companion.

What are the odds that he is a legal resident or
American citizen?

Maybe it`s time that the LAPD “got into that”.



But the LAPD still enforces Special Order 40,

the 1979 illegal ordinance instituted by the LA Police
Commission and signed by then Chief Daryl Gates
requiring

that police officers not inquire into people`s
immigration status.

Thanks to S.O. 40, much of LA is today under the
control of

murderous illegal immigrant gangs
and Los Angeles
last year suffered

269
gang-related murders.

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton

still defends
S.O. 40. He

insists
that if police inquire about people`s
immigration status, no-one—i.e., no illegal
immigrants—will come forward to report crimes and bear
witness against bad guys.

But, as Bratton [email
him
] has to know perfectly well, his sanctuary
policies have emasculated the police and

ceded sovereignty
to the

Hispanic gangs
. So no illegals report crimes and
bear witness against the gangs anyway—because they know
that doing so will guarantee their death and
the deaths of their loved
ones.

And

Bratton`s own officers
have for years complained
about seeing known illegal immigrant gang-bangers on the
streets but not being able to do anything until the
gang-banger commits additional crimes, such as murdering
someone.

Such a handcuffing of the

police,
which has no legal basis, is at the root not
only of the LAPD`s years-long impotence in solving
murders, but of its role in

enabling murderers to kill people in the first place
.
A sane policy would permit police to stop

all known gang members
on sight, make them show
identification proving that they are legal residents or
U.S. citizens, and detain them if they fail to do so.

(Identifying them is child`s play.

Gang members
make it their business to identify
themselves via gang tattoos,

gang signs,
and

gang "tags"
that they

paint on private property in acts of vandalism
.)

A video blog on Special Order 40 produced and posted
last July 30 by the folks at

Full Disclosure
contains interviews held with
current and former LAPD officials over the past few
years. In one interview, host Leslie Dutton asks a
uniformed LAPD official, "Why don`t you enforce
immigration laws?"

The official responds,

"Well, I think it`s a

basic human right.
["It" apparently
refers to breaking America`s immigration laws.] And
what we`ve looked at in terms of the immigration status
of somebody is that we have a tremendous

melting pot
in the

City of Los Angeles
and we recognize that there are
a number of basic social issues that come to bear as a
result of a number of people coming from a number of
different nations, and as a

result of that type of melting pot of atmosphere

that we`ve seen in the City of Los Angeles, the city
fathers,
[E mail

Mayor Villaraigosa
] the City Council,

our Police Commission
has taken the attitude that
what we want to do is provide services to everybody
in the community, regardless of their undocumented
status, and unless they break the law, we`re

not going to report things to INS
. Where it`s just
the sole status of them being here illegally, we don`t
take that into consideration when we`re enforcing the
law."

Since when do

uniformed police officers
, who have taken an oath to
enforce the laws of the United States, get to speak the
foreign language of "human rights," and openly
say that they will

refuse to enforce the nation`s laws?

It would have been one
thing if the LAPD officer had simply said: "The
politicians have ordered us not to enforce America`s
immigration laws, so the matter is out of our hands."

 But instead we get this shameless

"human rights"
sophistry.

Just imagine how far an American citizen would get
with the same LAPD if he said he refused to follow
written statutes because they violated his "human
rights."

But, as Officer Hurty`s response to me shows, the
LAPD does not even follow its own pathetic guidelines.
Even after the LAPD announced that Hector Velazquez-Nava
was indeed guilty of crimes—of driving without a
license, of

reckless driving
, of driving "while under the
influence of an

alcoholic beverage
"
—and that the Department will
"book [him] for investigation of `gross
vehicular manslaughter`"
once he is ready to be
released from the hospital, it still has no
interest in determining his immigration status.

As the Clark family just learned, the impact of
illegal immigrant crime is not limited to gangs—or even
to

illegal entry to the country
,

illegally working
,

illegally driving
or

tax fraud
. VDARE.COM`s

Brenda Walker
has shown that Hispanic men in the
American Southwest (anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of
whom are illegal immigrants) get arrested for drunk
driving in proportions dwarfing the rest of the
population—an almost four-to-one ratio in Austin, TX—but
Hispanic men are much more often arrested in a condition
of

"extreme drunkenness"
.

Walker quoted "Assistant Dean at the University of
Texas School of Public Health in Dallas Raul Caetano

[who] put it this way, `The profile of a drunk driver
in California is a young Hispanic male, and I bet you
have a similar situation all over the Southwest.`"
[Diversity
Is Strength! It`s Also…Drunk Driving
]

As Walker observed:

"America`s highways are
becoming

far more dangerous
because of

cultural differences
-unassimilated foreigners who
believe that knocking down

10 beers
before hitting the road is no problema.
And drunk driving is an accepted behavior among Mexicans
in particular."

The appalling truth is this: Due to President George
W. Bush`s

national sanctuary
/open borders/merge-with-Mexico
policy, probably more Americans have been

killed by illegal immigrants
in America than by
insurgents in Iraq.

Didn`t

Bush swear to uphold American law?

Isn`t that the

LAPD`s
job, too?


Nicholas Stix [email

him] lives in New York City, which he
views from the perspective of its public
transport system, experienced in his
career as an educator. His weekly column
appears at


Men`s News Daily

and many other Web sites. He has also
written for Middle American News, the
New York

Daily News,
New York Post, Newsday,
Chronicles, Ideas on Liberty
and the
Weekly Standard. He
maintains two blogs:

A
Different Drummer
 and

Nicholas Stix, Uncensored
.