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Immigration status checks, finally

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 10:00 pm

So, the Lodi Police Department is going to start checking immigrant status of arrestees - "Policy to check for illegal Immigrants," News-Sentinel, April 2. Well it's about time! A few years ago, I called the Lodi Police Department to report illegal immigrants at an address in Lodi. The woman who answered rudely responded with "So what do you want us to do about it? Why don't you call the Border Patrol?"

Well, gee, I guess I really didn't expect Lodi's finest to do anything about it. How dumb of me! So I tried to look up the number for the Border Patrol and couldn't find it!

However, with the current cop-out (no pun intended) attitudes of local law enforcement agencies about illegal immigrants, in many areas, it is no wonder that the Border Patrol can't keep up with the tidal wave influx of illegal immigrants that America has been experiencing over the years.

I get a feeling local Lodi businesses and growers want the cheap labor that illegal immigrants offer. Yes, with government subsidies and cheap illegal labor, no wonder farmers can afford to build mansions in the middle of their vineyards and fields outside Lodi.

John Cooper


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