Vital Signs

Driving Home Their Point

A recent story in the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, gives the lie to the notion that illegal aliens are just here “to do the jobs Americans won’t do” and are largely a law-abiding class of the downtrodden, shifting where they can for work.

In May, the newspaper reported that “activists” warn illegal-alien drivers about sobriety checkpoints so they won’t be stopped.  That, you see, would mean losing their automobiles, the penalty in some benighted localities for driving without a valid driver’s license.

The newspaper opened with the classic anecdotal lede:

Adrianna Castellon, 16, stood on the sidewalk of a busy Moreno Valley street on a recent school night, yelling at cars rushing past.


“Checkpoint!  Checkpoint ahead!” she screamed.  “Turn back while you can!”

The high school student was among protesters hoping to help illegal immigrants whose vehicles were about to be impounded by police because they were driving without a license.


California, the paper reports, declared 2010 “the ‘year of the checkpoint’ and plans a record $8 million in checkpoint grants, up from $5 million in 2009.”  Unsurprisingly, “Latinos” rushed into action faster than Speedy Gonzalez, and not just because an illegal...

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