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Bob Kellar: It's time to take a stand for America

Posted: January 25, 2010 8:28 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Signal ran a story last weekend regarding remarks I made at a rally in our city on Jan. 16 ("Kellar's war with words," Jan. 24).

The rally was in opposition to the government giving amnesty to the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who are living in our country.

Some have called me a racist regarding this issue. Let me be perfectly clear on that point: I am not a racist.

I abhor racism in any form, shape or fashion. Our nation was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and I hold that truth to be the foundation of our great country.

I recall an incident when I was in the Army back in 1965. Three other soldiers and I went into a pool hall in Mississippi, only to be denied the right to play because one of our group was black. I was totally incensed by this racism.

I have also witnessed other acts of racism while on the Los Angeles police force and as a local Realtor.

Racism is wrong and should never be tolerated.

However, the issue on the table is illegal immigrants and the failure of our government at all levels to deal with this "issue."

I am an American - a proud one - and I believe it is time we stand behind our laws and the principles that have made this nation great.

I appreciate the paper printing the remarks I made at the rally, because you can see them in the context of what I said. I cannot begin to tell you the number of Santa Clarita citizens who have contacted me over the years complaining about illegal immigrants and the impacts they have on our society.

I will name a few of the issues: Forty people living in one house and destroying our neighborhood and quality of life; emergency rooms with standing room only and no one speaking English; day laborers standing all over our streets taking a toll on our businesses and traffic.

That describes some of the issues on a local basis, but what about some of the larger ones? The impacts on our economy at every level of government are astronomical.

In Los Angeles County alone, a study conducted several years ago showed the cost of illegal immigrants to be $1 billion a year.

Multiply that over the entire state and you begin to get an appreciation of what illegal immigrants are costing us.

I am always amazed how no one in Sacramento will talk about the costs of illegal immigrants when the state is totally bankrupt.

Stop and think about the number of people in business who have played by the rules, paid their taxes and paid for insurance and all the other costs associated with being responsible, but who are now losing their businesses because illegal immigrants work for less - illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes or have insurance and send much of the money they earn to another country.

I feel strongly that it is time we stop this craziness and get back to protecting Americans.

I am a proud American, and I believe it is time we stand behind the laws and principles that have made this nation great.

Bob Kellar is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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