[Cross-posted from OC Daily.net]
The latest chapter of Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s progressive agenda unfolded this week when he proposed an amendment to the Anaheim City Charter that would allow for illegal immigrants to be appointed to city commissions such as the Planning Commission.
Moreno said he had planned to bring this up at the next meeting of his and Mayor Tom Tait’s “Welcoming Anaheim” immigration task force, but took the occasion of the Tait majority’s radical overhaul of city boards and commissions to drop this progressive bomb:
Here’s the transcript:
Moreno: Actually, I was going to bring this up at the Welcoming Anaheim task force so I might as well bring it up now since it is timely. Per the charter, it says for the four charter-based commissions, that to be eligible to serve one must be a qualified elector. What does that mean, exactly, City Attorney?
Acting City Attorney Kristin Pelletier: I’m going to defer to the City Clerk but I think it means a registered voter. [City Clerk Linda Andal nods in agreement.]
Moreno: So, I’d like…I’ll discuss the agenda item but I’d like to bring a consideration that we amend our charter so that we could expand the number of people who live in our city who may not fit that particular designation, so one could be a legal resident, one could be a U.S. citizen but not registered to vote. So I think that if you live in the city of Anaheim, you should be eligible to serve on its commissions. I was going to bring that up in the welcoming Anaheim Task Force, but maybe I don’t need to anymore. I’d like to consider that a future agenda item how we might change that – I guess through an amendment of the charter.
Pelletier: and a vote of the people.
Moreno: And a vote of the people. So…but I do think that will allow for more folks to participate in our critical commissions.
Apparently, asking aspiring city commissioners to merely register to vote is too high a bar in Councilman Moreno’s opinion. The euphemistic verbiage fails to obscure the true purpose: allow illegal immigrants to serve on city boards and commissions. If Moreno’s intent is limited to opening commission service to legal residents and US citizens who aren’t registered to vote, he’d proposes expanding edibility to legal residents and US citizens who aren’t registered to vote.
Instead, he proposes lowering the eligibility bar to “residents” of Anaheim. What is the only additional population brought in by such an eligibility reformulation? Moreno’s proposal necessarily permits the appointment of undocumented immigrants to serve on city boards and commissions.
And that should surprise no one given Moreno’s own views on immigration, which are squarely in the mainstream – if it can be called that – of radical progressive politics, where immediate legalization and citizenship for all illegal immigrants is an article of faith. Ancient, time-honored ideas of citizenship are considered archaic and reactionary – or worse. Citizenship is drained of meaning when its rights and privileges are bestowed on non-citizens.
Again, anyone who thinks this is far-fetched need only look northward to the progressive Eden of San Francisco, where voters last November passed a ballot measure allowing non-citizens to vote in school board elections. It would be instructive to ask Councilman Moreno and allies such as AUHSD Board of Education member Al Jabbar, Superintendent Mike Matsdua or AESD Board member Ryan Ruelas if they favor doing the same in their school districts?
Even discarding the current “qualified elector” requirement is short-sighted and wrong. Is it too much to ask that people seeking appointment to a city commissions also bother to participate in the electoral process? Think about it: are people who can’t even be bothered to register to vote really the stuff of which wise and vigorous commissions are made? Moreno’s ostensible pretext for changing the eligibility requirement withers under even cursory consideration.
Also, the fact that Moreno was planning to unveil this proposal at the next Welcoming Anaheim meeting should be big red flag for those who suspect it is a vehicle for creeping sanctuary city status.
If Councilman Moreno actually does ask the city council to place such a charter amendment on the ballot, they should oblige him. It would be clarifying to have the citizens of Anaheim weigh in on whether they support or oppose traducing the idea and meaning of citizenship in this Republic.