Even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- a man who once addressed 500,000 "immigrant rights" marchers in Spanish from a City Hall balcony and shouted, "There are no illegal people here today!" -- has called the Jamines shooting an apparent justifiable use of lethal force.
In case Jamines' widow feels "disconnected," the government of Guatemala has promised to pay for an attorney on the off chance that she sues the LAPD for wrongful death.
This brings us to President Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt, Zeituni Onyango. Aunt Zeituni has been living in this country illegally since 2000. She lives in public housing and receives disability payments. Twice ordered to depart, most recently in 2004, she refused to leave. After Obama's election, the same judge who'd earlier ordered her deported reversed the decision. Now, it seems, Kenya is too dangerous for Zeituni, and the judge has granted her political asylum.
Is she, at least, grateful to the system obviously gamed in her favor?
Auntie Z says, "If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen." As for living in public housing and receiving public assistance, Auntie Z says, "I didn't take any advantage of the system. The system took advantage of me." Besides, she says, "I didn't ask for (welfare assistance); they gave it to me. Ask your system. I didn't create it or vote for it. Go and ask your system." If people don't like it, she says, they can take back the benefits, and she'll go homeless.
Last year, Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union announced that the real goal of "immigration reform" is the recruitment of new Democratic voters. When Latinos voted in the November 2008 elections, he said, "they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up. ... We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have even the same ratio, two out of three? If we get 8 million new voters that care about our issues and will be voting, we will create a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle."
Meanwhile, a new poll finds that 62 percent of Americans believe U.S. policies encourage illegal immigration. Hard to imagine.